NavWorx ADS-B transceiver earns design approval

August 14, 2013

NavWorx ADS600-BNextGen avionics manufacturer NavWorx announced in July  that it had obtained Federal Communications Commission approval for an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transceiver.

Now the Rowlett, Texas-based company is following up by announcing it has received FAA technical standard order (TSO) design approval for its ADS600-B universal access transceiver (UAT).

The remote-mounted unit, certified to TSO-C154c, "meets the FAA’s 2020 mandate for ADS-B equipage in all aircraft operating in U.S. airspace where a transponder is now required," NavWorx said.

The device, which sends ADS-B Out information and receives ADS-B In information including ADS-B, ADS-R, and TIS-B traffic and FIS-B weather, supports various panel-mounted and portable displays. Its 978 MHz UAT specification "satisfies the ADS-B mandate for all aircraft operating below 18,000 feet," NavWorx said.

Options enable connectivity to devices including the Garmin GNS 530/430. A Wi-Fi adapter allows wireless connectivity to iPad apps. For aircraft with no certified GPS source, an internal WAAS GPS from Accord Technology completes the installation. (The ADS600-B incorporates a non-TSO WAAS GPS; the ADS600-BG incorporates a certified WAAS GPS, said the company.)

The ADS600-B "was designed in conjunction with the FAA’s development of ADS-B technology and takes full advantage of the features of the future national airspace system," but it was also built with present-day owners in mind, said NavWorx President Bill Moffitt.

The company says its unit is alone in delivering "the full benefits of ADS-B, requiring no transponder or display changes, additional equipment or installations."

Prices begin at $2,595 for products in the ADS600-B line.