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Avidyne Announces ADS-B-Capable TAS600A Series Active-Surveillance Traffic Systems
Upgrade allows industry-leading TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems to accept ADS-B IN; TAS600A Series combines higher precision and extended range of ADS-B with added protection of independent active-traffic system.
Dallas, TX – Thursday, April 02, 2009 –
Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, introduced their new TAS600A Series of ADS-B-capable Traffic Advisory Systems. In addition, Avidyne announced that existing TAS600 Series systems are fully upgradeable to ADS-B capability. Avidyne is accepting no-obligation reservations for ADS-B upgrades through the end of 2009, allowing current TAS600, TAS610, and TAS620 owners to lock in a $2,000 upgrade price.
“While the mandate for ADS-B equipage of G.A. aircraft currently has a 2020 deadline, many parts of the U.S. and some other countries are already starting the transition now, and customers want to know their avionics are going to be compatible in an ADS-B world,” said Patrick Herguth, Chief Operating Officer. “Adding ADS-B IN to our TAS600 systems provides our customers with the added precision and extended range of ADS-B, along with the independent protection of an active-surveillance traffic system.”
“This is the first in a series of ADS-B announcements that Avidyne will make as we transition to the Next-Gen Air Traffic Control System,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne President and CEO. “TAS600 systems already operate in the 1090MHz band and their dual-antenna architecture meets the DO-260A requirement for full diversity antennas, so adding ADS-B is an extremely cost-effective way for our customers to see ADS-B traffic, along with TAS traffic, without having to replace their existing TAS-compatible displays.”
Avidyne’s Entegra Traffic Series includes three models of dual-antenna TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems include the TAS600, TAS610, and TAS620, which actively interrogate other transponder-equipped aircraft, and independently compute range, bearing, and closure rate of these aircraft in order to provide pilots with an accurate display of nearby traffic and timely audible and visual alerts of conflicting traffic. All TAS600 Series systems provide traffic information about any transponder-equipped airplane that is nearby, independent of whether the target aircraft has ADS-B equipment installed. With the addition of an ADS-B IN signal, TAS600A customers will have the ability to show ADS-B-equipped traffic on their existing TAS-compatible displays, along with transponder-equipped traffic that may not be participating in ADS-B.
Pricing and Availability
An announcement of a definitive date for the availability of the TAS600A and ADS-B Upgrade Kits for existing TAS600 systems is forthcoming as Avidyne awaits final FAA rulemaking on ADS-B.
Avidyne is currently accepting no-obligation reservations via our website for ADS-B upgrades, allowing current TAS600, TAS610, and TAS620 owners to lock in a $2,000 upgrade price. Owners can register at www.avidyne.com/tas600/ads-b.
ADS-B, which stands for “Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast,” is a new surveillance technique for air traffic control being implemented in the United States (and other countries). With ADS-B, an appropriately-equipped aircraft determines its own position using a WAAS-capable global positioning system (GPS) and periodically broadcasts this position and other relevant information to ground stations for use by Air Traffic Control (ATC) and to other aircraft with “ADS-B In” equipment for display on compatible on-board multi-function displays. ADS-B is automatic in that no pilot or controller action is required for the information to be issued, and it is dependent on all airplanes having compatible equipment (ADS-B Out) that transmits their position and velocity information. ADS-B provides accurate information and frequent updates to airspace users and controllers, and is intended to improve the use of airspace, reduce ceiling and visibility restrictions, improve surface surveillance, and enhance safety.