Aviators around the globe are turning to the Lynx multi-mode transponder for their ADS-B requirements. One of the reasons Robert DeLaurentis, Zen Pilot, equipped the ‘Citizens of the World’ aircraft with Lynx is because it is the first aircraft ever to fly a Polar Circumnavigation and be tracked in real-time using ADS-B Out. One of the key features DeLaurentis likes about the Lynx is the diversity, “The real-time tracking adds a measure of safety and will allow pilots to fly more economical routes, thereby reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” While most pilots will never fly over the poles, the diversity features, along with many other attributes, will be highly regarded no matter where aircraft are flying.
Pilots frequently comment about the rich feature set Lynx offers, including ADS-B Out compliance, ATAS (ADS-B Traffic Advisory System), eTAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning System), Active Traffic, and free weather and traffic from the FAA. “But I really love the touchscreen display and the ability to navigate quickly and simply,” said Greg Wright, a long-time pilot.
Unlike other ADS-B solutions, the Lynx has a full-color split touchscreen where pilots can see their ADS-B traffic on the left and then weather, terrain, and active traffic on the right side. With a simple swipe of the finger, pilots can easily scroll through a variety of screens, including weather and traffic from the FAA (FIS-B & TIS-B) in real-time. FIS-B weather data includes METARs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, and NEXRAD, and is displayed on a moving map showing their ownship position. Additionally, if pilots are equipped with a Stormscope WX-500, they can also display lightning with the Lynx unit.
A distinguishing feature is the optional Lynx TerrainVision application because it displays and color-codes surrounding topography and land-based obstacles, providing enhanced situational awareness of the surrounding terrain condition.
The Lynx also comes with ATAS, which provides aural alerting and announces the range, bearing, and relative altitude of nearby traffic through the cockpit audio system in the aircraft, including airport pattern traffic down below 500’ AGL. Pilots will hear warnings such as “Traffic, traffic, 3 o’clock high, 2 miles.” ATAS is a unique safety feature within the industry.
Pilots worldwide recommend and talk about the Lynx because they quickly see the value in having the information displayed the moment they start flying. Ted Klapka, an experienced pilot flying a SOCATA Rallye, stated, “Lynx turns the invisible into the known, giving the real information to make safe decisions,” when he was talking about all the features. Marshall Futhrie, another well versed pilot flying a 1990 Mooney M20J (MSE), often says the Lynx is ‘the best equipment for safety (he) has seen.’
Lynx is manufactured by ACSS, an L3Harris Technologies and Thales company. For more information, visit www.L3Harris.com/Lynx. For more information about Robert DeLaurentis, Zen Pilot, as well as his pole-to-pole flight, visit www.PoleToPoleFlight.com.