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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Special Deal on ADS-B Unit

FreeFlight Certifies ADS-B UAT Unit

By Pia Bergqvist / Published: Mar 25, 2014
FreeFlight recently got the green light from the FAA for an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC) for the RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS-B In and Out universal access transceiver (UAT). The overarching AML STC covers a wide range of aircraft, including rotorcraft. FreeFlight says this AML STC is the first for a 978 MHz UAT that can be installed in rotorcraft.
The RANGR FDL-978-SVR UAT, which also includes WAAS/GPS, provides the ADS-B Out capability required under the ADS-B mandate, which will go into effect in 2020, when incorporated with a Mode A, C or S transponder. The UAT also includes ADS-B In functions including TIS-B traffic and FIS-B weather data. Traffic and weather can also be displayed on an iPad through a Wi-Fi module, which can be added for $350.
Each aircraft type must complete an approval process in order to be added to the approved list for the STC, a one-time process that FreeFlight is covering free of charge. Once an aircraft type is on the list, the UAT can be readily installed into others.
FreeFlight is offering a promotion to encourage operators to add ADS-B capabilities now rather than to wait until the 2020 mandate. The complete system, including the Wi-Fi module, can be purchased for $3,995 until the end of the year. The regular price for the system, not including the Wi-Fi is $5,495.


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