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Trig announces nav/coms, debuts CDI

Company now offers complete radio stack

Trig Avionics revealed its new TX56A and TX57A nav/com family at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Palm Springs, California. Trig also launched a new course deviation indicator (CDI), the TI106, in addition to its latest compact GPS antenna, the TA50.

With its introduction of the TA56A and TX57A nav/com families at the 2019 AEA convention, Trig Avionics now fields a complete radio stack. The nav capability includes an integral course deviation indicator. Photo by Mike Collins.

“The TX56A nav/com is a significant addition to our product family,” said Trig Avionics CEO Andy Davis. “Pilots can now install an entire Trig stack in their aircraft. Our avionics offer the best mix of quality, features and value. We aim to start first customer shipments of our nav/com later this summer.”

The new radio is the same size as the Apollo/Garmin SL30, added Jon Roper, Trig marketing manager. “It’s much lighter. And it needs no cooling fans; it’s much more energy efficient. We’ve had a really positive reaction to showing customers the stack.”

The TX56A comes in a slimline case that is only 1.3 inches tall. Its display simplifies the presentation of both navigation and communication data. Pilots can use the TX56A to monitor two com frequencies or two nav frequencies, allowing the easy identification of VOR-defined intersections. In addition, the nav radio can automatically decode VOR identifiers, and pressing the OBS button displays a built-in digital CDI suitable for VFR flying that saves space and reduces cost.

A user-configurable database for frequencies and identifiers allows the pilot to upload VHF preferred communication and navigation frequencies with a USB memory stick. Roper said this feature is especially popular with flight schools.

The TX56A includes a built-in, two-place stereo intercom and supports stereo music. It also features the company’s popular Say Again feature, where pressing a button replays the last received VHF communication. “Say Again gives you 30 seconds of audio,” Roper said.

The TX56A and TX57A models are 760-channel variants, which makes them ideal for use in the United States and other non-European airspace. The TX56 and TX57 have 8.33-kHz frequency spacing for use in Europe and will launch this summer, Trig said. The TX56A is a 10-watt transmitter and lists for $3,595, while the 16-watt TX57A lists for $4,395.

Trig’s com and nav/com radios integrate with the Garmin G3X Touch, which will automatically populate approaching radio frequencies, Roper said.

Trig said its TI106 solid-state CDI makes an ideal replacement or forward-fit display for nav/coms, including the TX56A or TX57A. “It’s an ideal complement to our new nav/com,” Roper said. Enhanced LCD backlighting results in a display that is superior to older technology. It lists for $2,499.

Finally, Trig’s new TA50 compact GPS antenna provides sailplane, experimental, and light sport pilots with a small, discrete GPS antenna ideal for use in tight cockpits. Combined with a TT22 transponder and TN72 GPS position source, Trig said the new GPS antenna completes an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out installation that meets 14 CFR 91.227 requirements for these airplane types. The TA50 is available for $62 with a three-foot antenna cable, or $69 with a nine-foot cable.

Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Technical Editor
Mike Collins, AOPA technical editor and director of business development, died at age 59 on February 25, 2021. He was an integral part of the AOPA Media team for nearly 30 years, and held many key editorial roles at AOPA Pilot, Flight Training, and AOPA Online. He was a gifted writer, editor, photographer, audio storyteller, and videographer, and was an instrument-rated pilot and drone pilot.
Topics: Aircraft Electronics Association, Avionics

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