FreeFlight Systems & UND Complete First ADS-B Out Supplemental Type Certificate For King Air C90A
STC Covers FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS GPS Sensor Installed with 1090 Out Mode S Transponder
Waco, TX, December 17, 2012 -- FreeFlight Systems announced today that the FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to the University Of North Dakota for the first rule-compliant 1090 MHz Extended Squitter ADS-B Out solution for Hawker Beechcraft C90A aircraft. The STC covers FreeFlight Systems model 1201 WAAS GPS sensor as the high-integrity position source installed with a 1090 MHz ADS-B Out solution provided by FreeFlight Systems.
The TSO-certified FreeFlight 1201 GPS/WAAS Sensor provides position, velocity, and time (PVT) data to the Mode S transponder and other compatible avionics. Small, lightweight and easily installed, the 1201 supports oceanic and domestic enroute, terminal, non-precision approach and departure operations, and meets ADS-B accuracy requirements worldwide. The compact and affordable transponder system is TSO-C166b certified for extended squitter ADS-B Out operation required in Class A airspace by the Dec. 31, 2019 equipage deadline.
The STC marks the latest in a series of industry firsts for FreeFlight Systems. The company gained the first ADS-B Out STC for any aircraft earlier this year in the AW139 helicopter. FreeFlight Systems also is the first and currently the only manufacturer eligible for Field Approval installations in aircraft not covered under an STC under a new FAA policy intended to promote and simplify ADS-B adoption.
"This latest STC again demonstrates the wide applicability and compatibility of the 1201 WAAS GPS to a variety of aircraft and with other avionics to serve as the ADS-B position sensor," said Tim Taylor, CEO of FreeFlight Systems. "We worked closely with UND's highly regarded avionics department to develop this important ADS-B solution for King Air C90 owners worldwide. The timeliness of this STC also helps C90A owners get ahead of the expected capacity crunch at avionics shops and keep flying."
"This is the first STC for a rule-compliant King Air C90 ADS-B solution that meets the performance requirements and enables aircraft owners to equip their aircraft well ahead of the FAA deadline," said Kirk Peterson, Avionics Manager at UND. "In addition to the STC we're continuing our collaboration with FreeFlight Systems to extend the capabilities of the system with practical display apps and other innovations."
About FreeFlight Systems
FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics systems that deliver substantial safety, cost, environmental and other benefits from the NextGen airspace transformation. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified WAAS GPS receiver and today produces a range of high-quality, American-made, competitively priced ADS-B systems for installation in all aircraft types. For more information, please visit www.freeflightsystems.com.