|King Air 200. Photo: FreeFlight Systems|
[Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Hawker Beechcraft Services has successfully integrated an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out compliant suite of FreeFlight Systems avionics components on the King Air 200. The avionics suite includes dual FDL-1090-TX extended squitter transponders, a 1201 WAAS/GPS receiver unit, and an FDL-978-RX universal access transmitter, which enables operators to display weather and traffic conditions to portable iPad devices.
|FreeFlight ADS-B tracking displayed on iPad. Photo: FreeFlight Systems|
Hawker received ADS-B Out compliance approval for the King Air 200 avionics package via an FAA field approval application of FreeFlight Systems' existing Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the King Air C90A aircraft. The field approval process is applicable to ADS-B systems that have previously been approved under a type certificate amendment or under an STC, and is an important tool for enabling the thousands of ADS-B installations that will need to be completed before the Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate.
"The field approval process allows the general aviation community to take advantage of the heavy lifting we have done to obtain broad STC approvals for our ADS-B products," explains Tim Taylor, president of FreeFlight Systems. "The process reduces costs for end users by taking advantage of the skills already available in the installation community. Our STC takes care of the complexity of the ADS-B system performance — the installer uses his skills to ensure a safe and compliant installation."