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FreeFlight Systems receives section 333 exemption for ADS­-B systems testing on commercial UAS platforms

June 6 2016 ­- WACO, Texas ­ NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the Company a Section 333 exemption for the purpose of testing avionics specifically related to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System (NAS). The 333 exemption allows FreeFlight Systems to test the Company's advanced, certified avionics that are designed to support safe commercial UAS operations, and which include both ADS-­B and radar altimetry applications.

A Section 333 exemption is the FAA's approval to operate UAS platforms commercially within a defined airspace. Using this approval and the Company's 300 acre flight test facility in conjunction with a host of applicable ground and airborne equipment, FreeFlight Systems is well positioned to advance ADS-­B applications in the UAS sector of the NAS. These include sense­-and-­avoid and other applications promoting safe UAS operation and manned / unmanned airspace integration.

"The grant of the 333 exemption is very important in providing us the opportunity to advance our proven, highly­-successful, certified manned aircraft solutions for UAS applications," said John DeBusk, FreeFlight Systems' Chief Technology Officer.

FreeFlight Systems has designed small, lightweight, and low­-power ADS-­B systems based on the Company's successful FAA-­certified RANGR line of ADS-­B products. FreeFlight Systems has been very active with NASA, several key Universities, the FAA and private industry in bringing these products to market.

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 ADS­B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-­made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

 

FreeFlight Systems and Precision Heli-Support, LLC complete STC for RA-4500 Radar Altimeter installation in MD Helicopters 369/500N/600N series

May 19, 2016 - WACO, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that Precision Heli-Support, LLC has received STC approval for installation of the FreeFlight Systems RA-4000/4500 radar altimeter and FTG-410 tone generator audio alert safety system in MD 369, 500N, and 600N models.

The RA-4000/4500 is a highly-dependable, proven radar altimeter system that seamlessly integrates with the MD369/500N/600N's existing avionics, and is part of the lightest-weight, lowest-cost solution available. The FTG-410 gives pilots valuable audio alerts at pre- selected altitudes and for other aircraft conditions. This equipment will ensure compliance with the FAA's radar altimeter mandate, which requires aircraft to be equipped with an approved solution by April 24, 2017.

"The RA-4000/4500 radar altimeter system is a vital safety of life system for helicopter operations," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems Director of Sales and Marketing. "Our expertise and deep understanding of these operations have allowed us to develop radar altimeter systems that offer customers a solution that provides superior performance and value."

"We are excited to make the RA-4000/4500 radar altimeter system available to MD Helicopter operators," said, Jerry Guevara, Director of Operations. "This is our 4th STC within the past year and 9th overall. Our plans are to continue providing FAA approved solutions to the aviation industry that make sense."

FreeFlight Systems modern radar altimeters are backed by more than 50 years of experience, and have a proven track record as a reliable solution in the most challenging and critical segments of flight. The TSO and ETSO-approved systems are extensively deployed worldwide in helicopter fleets, including some of the largest HEMS operations worldwide. With precision from 2,500 feet to ground level, the RA-4000/4500 offers the crucial situational awareness required when flying over varying terrains at low altitudes in all conditions.

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 Precision Heli-Support, LLC
Precision Heli-Support, LLC (PHS) offers a comprehensive solution to a worldwide helicopter customer base to support a multitude of aircraft types, including the MD 369/500 series, Bell UH-1, and Bell 407. Capabilities include: engineering (on-staff DER & DAR), avionics, sheet metal, AP & IA mechanics, field support, part sales and component overhaul. PHS is a Part 145 and AS9110 certified MRO company.

FreeFlight Systems and CMD Flight Solutions complete ADS-B Out AML STC for Part 25

April 26, 2016 - WACO, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that engineering and certification company CMD Flight Solutions has obtained an AML STC for the installation of a FreeFlight 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor paired with Rockwell Collins' TDR-94/94D transponders. The pairing is a cost effective way to help aircraft owners meet the ADS-B mandate.

"We are pleased to be a part of the CMD Flight Solutions AML STC which provides cost effective solutions for more than 100 different models of Part 25 Aircraft," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Director of Sales and Marketing. "The CMD Flight Solutions approach is inline with our goals of making the full benefits of rule compliant ADS-B operations available to all aircraft types, with minimal disruption to existing aircraft avionics."

The FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor was designed to be modular and integratable with various other avionics, giving customers flexible, practical ADS-B solutions for their aircraft.

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 transponder like the TDR-94/94D. The 1023C continues to providing reliable service to fleets worldwide and also serves as an approved position source for CPDLC, TAWS/FMS, RNP and other NextGen applications.

Designed for business, regional, airline transport, military and heavy rotary wing aircraft, the 1203C provides state-of-the-art aviation GPS technology in a proven package. The 1203C allows customers to take advantage of the benefits of NextGen without the need for extensive and costly avionics upgrades.

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 CMD Flight Solutions
CMD Flight Solutions was formed to develop, market and provide FAA certified modification kits to support Next Gen Avionics mandates and assist service and installation facilities with cost effective modification solutions to satisfy the upcoming FAA mandated requirements. For more information, visit www.CMDFlightSolutions.com.

 

FreeFlight Systems and Trego-Dugan Aviation complete AML STC for 1201 WAAS/GPS and Garmin GTX330ES for ADS-B compliance

April 26, 2016 - WACO, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that Nebraska based Trego-Dugan Aviation has received AML STC approval for installation of a FreeFlight 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor and Garmin GTX330ES Mode S transponder in 460+ aircraft.

FreeFlight's 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor is a high-integrity position source in a compact, lightweight package. The 1201 pairs seamlessly with ADS-B capable transponders like the GTX330ES to provide rule-compliance.

"We're pleased to partner with Trego-Dugan on this program, their dedication to providing low-cost quick-turn ADS-B upgrades is right inline with our core competencies," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Director of Sales and Marketing. "We design our high integrity solutions to be modular and integratable with various other manufacturers, giving our customers flexible, practical ADS-B solutions for their aircraft."

A follow on AML STC for an Avidyne APX340 transponder combined with the FreeFlight 1201 is a few weeks from approval. Additional models will be added to the AML, which will capture ADS-B solutions for King Air 90 series and several Citation jets.

Customers can purchase the STC directly from Trego-Dugan Aviation, or as a complete turn-key solution. Trego-Dugan is offering a one-day turn time for installation.

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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