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July 28, 2014
By Alyssa J. Miller
FreeFlight Systems announced July 28 that it had received technical standard order approval from the FAA for its RANGR FDL-978-RX ADS-B receiver. The receiver can bring weather and traffic information into the cockpit when paired with 1090ES transponders or Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transmitters; it also can come with an internal WAAS GPS.
The receiver will work with the Avidyne AXP340, Bendix/King KT 74, Trig TT22 and TT31, and by the end of the year, the Garmin GTX330ES, Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems global aftermarket sales manager and chief pilot, said during a press conference. It also has Wi-Fi capability to interface with tablets. The unit receives graphical weather, and when paired with an ADS-B Out transmitter, traffic.
FDL-978-RX ADS-B receiver costs $1,495 without a built-in WAAS GPS; the WAAS GPS version costs $3,295.
In other news, FreeFlight Systems announced that Daher-Socata would be offering the RA-4500 radar altimeter system as standard equipment on TBM 900s. It is also available for retrofit installations and has a base price of $8,995.
During EAA AirVenture, FreeFlight Systems is hosting a drawing for visitors to its booth in Hangar C or its website. The company will give away a RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver, $3,000 installation credit, and an iPad mini to the first-place winner; an iPad mini to the second; and a Pebble Steel Watch to the third. Entries will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Time.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
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