Wednesday, August 1, 2012
FreeFlight Obtains ADS-B Approval
NextGen avionics provider, FreeFlight Systems, has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to incorporate a rule-compliant automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system into the AgustaWestland AW139.
Free Flight’s RANGR FDL-978TX “ADS-B Out” was developed specifically for Gulf of Mexico helicopter operators using Chevron’s fleet of AW139s for the FAA testing and certification process.
FreeFlight’s ADS-B increases the tracking range for air traffic controllers monitoring offshore helicopters that are operating in the Gulf, according to the Irving, Texas-based company.