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FreeFlight Systems continues to expand ADS-B installation capabilities for the 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor, now available for pairing with L3’s NXT™ transponder series

January 22, 2018 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is approved for installation with L3’s NXT™ Mode S transponder series. Stevens Aviation recently announced an Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for ADS-B Out installations across a wide range of Part 25 aircraft after the Company’s first successful install in a Citation 650. This product pairing provides legacy aircraft a complete and cost-effective way to equip with ADS-B for the upcoming mandate.

The FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is a certified, high-integrity position source in a compact, lightweight package. The 1203C pairs seamlessly with certified Mode S Extended Squitter transponders like the L3’s NXT™ series to provide a fully rule-compliant ADS-B Out system. 

With several hundred 1203Cs in service today across airline transport, military, and business aviation platforms, these receivers are characterized by their high performance, ease of installation, operational reliability and longevity. The 1203C can also serve as 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.    

"We're pleased to partner with Stevens Aviation on this program," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We design our high-integrity solutions to be modular and integratable with various other manufacturers, giving our clients affordable and practical ADS-B solutions for whatever they fly."

With the ADS-B mandate now only 23 months away, business jet operators need to prioritize ADS-B installations during routine aircraft maintenance. Significant portions of today’s business jet 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. 

About Stevens Aviation
Stevens Aviation has over 60 years of experience providing civilian MRO services for Beechcraft, Challenger, Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream, Falcon, Learjet, Piaggio and Pilatus aircraft. Stevens is a U.S. and foreign government prime service provider of depot maintenance, refurbishment and modifications for military versions of general aviation airframes. Stevens (Greenville) is a Class III repair station that is ISO9001C, AS9110B, DCMA 8210.1C, EASA and DGAC certified and GFRC compliant. Stevens’ Greenville and Dayton facilities have DCMA on the field. Stevens Aviation operates facilities in Greenville SC (GYH), Dayton OH (DAY), and Nashville TN (BNA) and also offers 24/7 AOG-MRT services in most locations east of the Mississippi River. 

 

FreeFlight Systems appoints Jen Amundsen as Regional Sales Manager for Western North America

December 6, 2017 - IRVING, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems is proud to welcome Jen Amundsen as the Company's newest Regional Sales Manager. Last serving as a Sales Manager for Dassault Aircraft Services, Jen brings over twenty years of industry experience into this position.

"Jen is an outstanding addition to our team," said Pete Ring, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FreeFlight Systems. "We're excited to bring her industry knowledge, exceptional customer service, and positive energy to our sales organization."

With the addition of Jen, FreeFlight Systems has realigned their North American territories to better serve the Company's client needs, resources, and activities.

Jen holds a private pilot certificate, and is an active member of AOPA, the 99's, and other pilot organizations. Based out of Phoenix, AZ, she will cover FreeFlight Systems' western North America territory. Jen can be reached at 469.781.8254 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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.

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