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Applied Avionics partners with FreeFlight Systems to bring cost-effective, VIVISUN® ADS-B annunciator to business and commercial aviation

October 11, 2017 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today the successful integration of its model 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and Applied Avionics' VIVISUN® fault annunciator. This product pairing delivers aircraft owners and operators increased flexibility in achieving ADS-B compliance prior to the Federal Aviation Administration's January 1, 2020 deadline.

The VIVISUN® fault annunciator meets the requirements for pilot notification of an ADS-B Out failure, in an easy to install, sunlight readable, affordable package. Customers can select from three, ready-to-ship standard configurations, ranging from a basic annunciator solution to an internal dropout relay, and the ARINC 429 signal converter option. Custom configurations are also available, and in most cases ship in as few as five business days.

"We are thrilled to partner with Applied Avionics to bring more affordable and practical solutions for ADS-B compliance to the market," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We pride ourselves in the high-reliability and field performance of our systems, but in the event of an ADS-B Out failure, the VIVISUN® annunciator ensures pilots have the most accurate inflight information."

As a certified ADS-B position source approved for all ICAO jurisdictions, FreeFlight Systems' integrated 15-channel 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is part of a fully rule-compliant ADS-B Out system when paired with a compatible, certified Mode S Extended Squitter transponder. There are several hundred 1203Cs in service on multiple aircraft types ranging from airline transport to military, through heavy wing rotorcraft and business platforms. These receivers are characterized by their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability and longevity. The 1203C also serves as the approved position source for TAWS/FMS, RNP and other NextGen applications, and allows customers to take advantage of the operational and safety benefits provided by the NextGen airspace transformation without the need for extensive and costly avionics upgrades.

About Applied Avionics

Applied Avionics produces rugged, high-quality illuminated pushbutton switches. The company's VIVISUN® LED-illuminated pushbutton switch revolutionized aircraft crew station lighting with sunlight readability and MIL-PRF-22885 qualification for switches. It gained immediate acceptance as the standard in aircraft crew station lighting in both the military and commercial aircraft markets. The company's NEXSYS® brand offers avionics interface solutions and includes its' NEXSYS Component Technology and stand-alone ARINC 429 Signal Converter. Applied Avionics' manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas employs over 80 skilled professionals, and the company has affiliate representation in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Israel, and Turkey.

About FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions 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 aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

FreeFlight Systems selected by leading US air cargo operator for fleet-wide ADS-B retrofit

October 10, 2017 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that a leading US air cargo airline operator will equip its mainline fleet with the FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and RANGR ADS-B receiver. This product pairing provides both a certified ADS-B position source as well as critical ADS-B Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) data, both modernizing the aircraft cockpit and drastically improving situational awareness.

With a large fleet of narrow and wide body aircraft, the operator is one of the world's largest air freight fleets that continuously perform in a demanding flying and logistical environment, while continuing to exceed customer satisfaction. The FreeFlight Systems product offering has been designed to meet all unique challenges that are characteristic of freight airline operations. The systems come packaged as a common installation pallet that involves minimal disruption to existing aircraft avionics, streamlining the install process across every aircraft type that makes up the fleet.

"We're pleased to provide the operator a robust product offering," said Tim Taylor, FreeFlight Systems' President and CEO. "This ADS-B equipage solution allows them to equip their fleet with minimum disruption, aircraft downtime, and no ADS-B-related dispatch-critical or operational restrictions."

FreeFlight Systems' RANGR series of ADS-B radios consists of fully-featured, TSO certified solutions that meet the stringent quality standards required for ADS-B compliance. A mature product, RANGR systems have accumulated thousands of hours of operations in the harshest flying conditions. The RANGR Receiver offers the customer an installed solution that provides vital inflight ADS-B In information to multitude of preferred mobile EFB applications.

As a certified ADS-B position source approved for all ICAO jurisdictions, the integrated 15-channel 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is part of a fully rule-compliant ADS-B Out system when paired with a compatible, certified Mode S Extended Squitter transponder. There are several hundred 1203Cs in service on multiple aircraft types ranging from airline transport to military, through heavy wing rotorcraft and business platforms. These receivers are characterized by their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability and longevity. The 1203C also serves as the approved position source for TAWS/FMS, RNP, and other NextGen applications, and allows customers to take advantage of the operational and safety benefits provided by the NextGen airspace transformation without the need for extensive and costly avionics upgrades.

With the January 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate less than two-and-a-half years away, large fleet operators have prioritized ADS-B systems installation during routine aircraft maintenance. Significant portions of today's airline fleet will remain in service long after 2020, and in many cases an STC'd retrofit solution comprising of a transponder upgrade and the addition of a dedicated GNSS receiver like the 1203C is the simplest and most cost-effective way to achieve mandate compliance.

About FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions 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 aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

FreeFlight System introduces next generation 1201C SBAS/GNSS sensor for general aviation aircraft

October 10, 2017 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems introduced today its Model 1201C SBAS/GNSS sensor. As an ADS-B rule-compliant position source, the 1201C SBAS/GNSS sensor meets the rigorous performance requirements of GPS certification. The 1201C has been designed to replace the very successful 1201, the first SBAS/GNSS sensor to ever receive FAA TSO authorization.

Small, lightweight, attractively priced, and easily installed, the 1201C integrates with existing Mode S Extended Squitter transponders to enable compliance with ADS-B Out equipage requirements prior to the Federal Aviation Administration's January 1, 2020 ADS-B deadline. Approved for all ICAO jurisdictions worldwide, the remote-mount system also interfaces with compatible, certified ADS-B In receivers for viewing ADS-B weather and traffic information on tablet devices and multifunction displays.

The 1201C SBAS/GNSS sensor meets ADS-B and RNP accuracy, integrity, and availability requirements worldwide. It also supports oceanic and domestic, enroute, terminal, non-precision approaches, and departure operations. Along with the 1203C, it is part of FreeFlight Systems' robust and reliable SBAS/GNSS sensors available for all aircraft types.

"Our new 1201C sensor is a great example of the modularity of our ADS-B systems," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Whether aircraft operators and installers need a key sensor like the 1201C or a complete ADS-B system, our broad line of solutions offer all aircraft types affordable and practical ADS-B compliance."

As the 2020 deadline quickly approaches, pilots and flight departments need devices that deliver the maximum degree of flexibility to achieve ADS-B compliance. FreeFlight Systems is committed to supporting integration of our devices with multiple manufacturer's products that are available in the market today. FreeFlight Systems' line of SBAS/GNSS sensors offer high-performance, affordable solutions for all categories of aircraft flying around the world.


About FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions 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 aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

FreeFlight Systems and Becker Avionics accepting orders for integrated ADS-B solutions for business and commercial aircraft

October 10, 2017 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems and digital avionics leader Becker Avionics have partnered to offer a complete ADS-B Solution for business and commercial class aircraft. By combining the strength and integrity of the Becker Avionics BXT65XX series of Mode S transponders with FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and RANGR-RX ADS-B Receiver, these remote-mounted solutions will provide turboprop and turbojet business aircraft a complete and cost effective way to equip with ADS-B In and Out for the upcoming January 1, 2020 mandate.

"With just over two years remaining to meet the ADS-B Rule, there is a lack of cost-effective, high-quality options for the business aircraft market," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Through our partnership with Becker Avionics, aircraft operators can now purchase a cost-effective option to equip their aircraft without the need to completely overhaul their panel and avionics systems. This is an ideal solution for many of our customers where a non-disruptive remote mounted option is preferred."

"For more than six decades, Becker has been supplying highly compact, robust, and durable avionics tailored to our customers' requirements, providing an optimized solution and a very good value proposition for operators of business, commercial, and mission aircraft seeking compliance with the 2020 ADS-B rule," said Thomas Terschlusen, Becker Avionics' Commercial Director. "We are pleased to team with FreeFlight Systems to offer a complete solution for these operators, including transponder, GNSS source, and ADS-B In receiver certified as a complete package."

The 1203C SBAS/GNSS meets TSO-C145c as the dedicated position source required for ADS-B and the BXT65XX series of transponders meets the ESTO-C112d and TSO-C166b for ADS-B OUT compliance. The complete system meets the requirements of AC20-165B for ADS-B rule compliance. The diversity-capable system is suitable for installation on TCAS I and TCAS II equipped aircraft. A non-diversity option is also available. The system is compatible with a variety of common control heads and can be installed in either single or dual configurations.

About Becker Avionics

Becker is a leader in digital avionics technology. Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground operations. Becker Avionics has long standing history of over 60 years in providing equipment to general and corporate aviation, air traffic Control, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements, Becker has established branches around the world. For more information, visit www.becker-avionics.com.

About FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions 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 aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types. For more information, visit www.freeflightsystems.com.

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