October 11, 2012
By Benét J. Wilson
Waco, Texas-based avionics supplier FreeFlight Systems (Booth #1415) releases a series of announcements at the AOPA Aviation Summit.
The company reported that it will integrate its XPLORER ADS-B weather receiver with GRT Avionics Horizon HXr, Horizon HX and Sport SX panel‐mounted electronic flight information systems for experimental and light sport aircraft. The system is based on FreeFlight Systems’ RANGR family of 978MHz UAT ADS-B systems. The XPLORER receiver connects to an iPad display via wi-fi, but uses a standard wired RS‐232 serial port to integrate with the GRT avionics systems.
FreeFlight has introduced the RANGR‐G, the first ADS‐B Out system approved by the FAA for monitoring airport surface vehicle movements. The RANGR‐G is based on FreeFlight Systems’ airborne RANGR ADS‐B datalink radio. The first RANGER‐G units were implemented jointly by the FAA, ITT Exelis, and the Massachusetts Port Authority for Boston‐Logan Airport.
The company also announced that Robinson Helicopter has received FAA certification to install the company’s RA‐4000 radar altimeter and FTG-410 tone generator audio alert safety system in the R22, R44 and R66 models. The company also announced that Heli Air Monaco has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the RA‐4000 Radar Altimeter installed in Eurocopter EC120 helicopters.
And finally, FreeFlight has introduced the FTG-410 Tone Generator, an audio alerting enhancement for radar altimeters and other avionics systems that call flight crew attention to critical altitudes and other aircraft conditions when operating in hazardous environments.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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