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FreeFlight Systems and Peregrine obtain ADS-B AML STC for Part 27 rotorcraft

March 2, 2016 - WACO, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company has obtained an ADS-B AML STC for Part 27 rotorcraft. FreeFlight's RANGR series offers a range of fully-featured, TSO certified ADS-B solutions. The Company selected Peregrine to perform engineering services due to their extensive background in ADS-B efforts and credible reputation in the aerospace industry.

The FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B product line was designed from day one to accommodate helicopter operations. FreeFlight Systems was the first company to receive a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a rule-compliant 978 MHz ADS-B system for both Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft; this experience was key in developing the common installation methods that are central to the award of this AML STC.

The AML STC allows for the installation of RANGR ADS-B avionics into a wide variety of rotorcraft:

Airbus Helicopters AS350B, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350BA, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, EC130B4, EC130T2
Bell 206A, 206B, 206B-1, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, 206L-4, 407, 427, 429
Robinson Helicopter R22, R22 ALPHA, R22 BETA, R22 MARINER, R44, R44 II

RANGR products are the smallest, lightest and easiest to install systems available today and are therefore ideal for retrofit into helicopters and other aircraft where airframe space, system weight and placement are key considerations. The modular RANGR product line offers the latest in ADS-B technology in a variety of configurations which allows aircraft operators to select systems most compatible with their aircraft, existing avionics and flying needs.

"The industry has been tackling the challenges associated with rotorcraft ADS-B equipage for some time," said Tim Taylor CEO of FreeFlight Systems. "We are very aware of the unique nature of rotorcraft equipage and operation, so we made sure that our systems were configured in a way that made this broad installation approval possible," he continued. "This also means that the resulting installation designs are straightforward, making it easy for our customers to add this important technology to their aircraft."

The AML STC covers both ADS-B Out and ADS-B In. The RANGR transceiver line of ADS-B systems integrates ADS-B In and Out capabilities with an optional high-integrity WAAS/GPS in a single, compact unit without the need to replace the aircraft's transponder.

For aircraft that are already equipped with ADS-B Out, the RANGR receiver family offers an installed ADS-B In pairing for both 978 and 1090 MHz based ADS-B Out systems. Additionally, all RANGR systems are available with an optional internal WAAS/GPS, and are compatible with most ADS-B Out systems in the market today.

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.

 

QantasLink selects FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor to achieve ADS-B compliance

Feb. 9 2016 - WACO, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that QantasLink, Australia's largest regional airline, has selected the FreeFlight 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor for retrofit into its DHC-8-200/300 series of aircraft.

QantasLink paired the 1203C with the Dash 8's TDR-94D Mode-S transponders.

"We're pleased to demonstrate once again that there are practical ADS-B solutions for aircraft that have been in service for a while," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' Director of Sales and Marketing. "We are proud to supply QantasLink with a straightforward, retrofit solution that extends the life of their DHC-8 fleet."

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-94D. Providing reliable service to fleets worldwide, the 1203C also serves as the approved position source for CPDLC, TAWS/FMS, RNP and other NextGen applications.

Designed for business, regional, airline transport 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.

www.freeflightsystems.com 

FreeFlight Systems Announces Team Changes

Kyle Ashley

Oct. 15, 2015 - WACO, Texas - NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that Ashley Kelly and Kyle Williams have re-joined the organization as inside sales manager and regional sales manager, respectively.

"We are thrilled to have Ashley and Kyle rejoin our sales team. Their professionalism and skill sets are an ideal match for our core initiatives aimed at improving dealer and end-customer experiences," said FreeFlight Systems Director of Sales and Marketing, Pete Ring.

Having spent more than three years as an inside sales and marketing representative with FreeFlight Systems, Kelly re-joins the FreeFlight team with a high level of skills, knowledge, and eight years of experience in the avionics industry. As FreeFlight's inside sales manager, Kelly facilitates communication between the company's large network of dealers and team members to provide product information, prompt deliveries and optimum customer service support.

Williams brings expertise as a single engine pilot with more than 500+ hours of flight time and 12 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining FreeFlight, Williams held regional sales manager positions with Aspen Avionics and Avidyne Corporation. He has also brings years of experience from working in support of multiple airlines both domestically and internationally. Williams continues his role as as regional sales manager at FreeFlight Systems, overseeing operations in the Southeast United States and Australia.

To learn more about Ashley Kelly or Kyle Williams, visit freeflightsystems.com/company/sales.

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.

www.freeflightsystems.com

 

Committed to Quality: FreeFlight Systems Launches Five­-Year Standard ADS­-B Warranty

Oct. 5, 2015 –WACO, Texas – NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that it has extended its warranty on the company's popular RANGR product line of certified ADS­-B systems to five years.

Now through Dec. 31, 2015, customers who purchase and register a RANGR product will receive FreeFlight's industry­-leading 24­-month warranty, as well as three years of Blue Care, the company's extended warranty program, at no additional cost. FreeFlight's Blue Care program provides users enhanced support through access to exchange options providing a faster turnaround time, minimizing potential aircraft downtime. Outbound shipping costs are also included in the Blue Care program.

"Our five­-year extended warranty program demonstrates our commitment to quality, and provides our customers with confidence that they will be supported through and beyond the ADS­-B mandate," said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems' director of sales and marketing.

FreeFlight Systems is one of the most experienced ADS­-B providers in the marketplace. An industry trailblazer, the company was the first to produce and certify an ADS­-B UAT. FreeFlight's line of ADS­-B avionics have accumulated thousands of hours of operations in the harshest flying conditions resulting in a mature and robust product line. All RANGR systems go through rigorous environmental and functional checks that includes helicopter vibration testing, ensuring superior long­life performance. The RANGR solutions are designed to interface with a broad range of aircraft avionics and tablet applications, providing customers with flexible upgrade and display options. The superior quality of these products drives FreeFlight's relentless commitment to customer satisfaction. 

The RANGR series consists of fully­-featured, TSO certified ADS­B solutions that accommodate a wide variety of customer needs. The most popular RANGR configuration, the FDL-­978-­XVR, provides customers full ADS­-B capability in a single­-box solution. The system is fully TSO certified, diversity capable and automatically synchronizes with legacy transponders without the need for additional pilot interaction. The FDL­-978­-XVR is part of the company's 400­-plus AML STC for general aviation aircraft, and was selected by the FAA to provide upgraded ADS­-B avionics in aircraft equipped during the original Capstone Program.

Five­-year warranty coverage is guaranteed after customers register their product on freeflightsystems.com/register or through contacting our sales team directly at 254-495-3077.

About FreeFlight Systems
FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high­performance 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 rule­compliant UAT ADS­B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American­-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.

www.freeflightsystems.com

 

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