Avidyne extends ADS-B offerings with AXP340 Mode-S transponder

Avidyne extends ADS-B offerings with AXP340 Mode-S transponder

21-Jul-2011 Source: Avidyne

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, today introduced their new AXP340 Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out capability to meet the mandate for the NextGen airspace initiative. The AXP340 transmits ADS-B Out information via Extended Squitter (ES) to appropriately-equipped ground stations and other ADS-B In-equipped aircraft, providing improved airborne surveillance as well as vital information for airport ground surveillance.

“ADS-B Out will be required in most U.S. airspace by the year 2020, and the AXP340 is designed as an easy-to-upgrade solution that meets this mandate while also adding several new functions that make flying easier,” said Patrick Herguth, Chief Operating Officer. “The AXP340 features an easy-to-use direct-entry numeric keypad, one-touch VFR code entry, built in timers, and an altitude alerter, plus it’s a slide-in replacement for the popular KT76A and KT78A Mode A/C Transponders.”

“ADS-B is a key feature of the future airspace plans in the U.S., Europe, Australia and other parts of the world, and Avidyne is committed to being a leading provider of ADS-B avionics solutions,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne President and CEO.  “Avidyne previously announced our TAS600A Series of active traffic systems with ADS-B In. Now, we have introduced the AXP340 with ADS-B Out, which is just the next in a series of announcements from Avidyne for ADS-B and NextGen avionics.”

About the AXP340
The AXP340 is a panel-mounted Class 1 (240Watt), Mode S, Level 2 1090MHz  Datalink Transponder with  Extended Squitter (ES) that meets all the requirements for Mode S elementary surveillance for both IFR and VFR flight.  As a slide-in replacement for existing KT76A/KT78A transponders, the AXP340 is designed to easily upgrade existing Mode A/C equipment to Mode S, while adding additional functionality like a Direct-entry Numeric Keypad, Pressure Altitude & GPS Lat/Lon readout, Flight ID entry, one-touch VFR code entry, an easy-to-use Stop Watch Timer,  Flight Timer, and Altitude Alerter.  Some additional wiring is required to add ADS-B functionality.

ADS-B Solutions from Avidyne
The AXP340 combines with Avidyne’s ‘ADS-B In’-capable TAS600A Series Traffic Advisory Systems to provide a complete ADS-B solution to meet the upcoming mandates and to benefit from the performance enhancements being made in U.S. and International airspace.  The AXP340 encodes and transmits the required ADS-B Out information, including your aircraft’s GPS-derived position, along with ground track, ground speed and altitude, in a series of extra pulses on the Mode S data stream (Extended Squitter). The TAS600A provides ADS-B In capability, allowing you to receive the ADS–B signals from ground radar and from other 1090MHz ADS-B – equipped aircraft, and display both ADS-B and non-ADS-B traffic simultaneously for optimal situational awareness and safety. For more information on ADS-B, go to www.ads-bee.com.

Pricing and Availability
The AXP340 Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out is expected to be available in early 2012, with a List Price of $5,995, including connector kit and mounting tray. The antenna is sold separately for installations that need a replacement antenna.

The TAS600A Series active-surveillance Traffic Advisory Systems with ADS-B In are expected to be available in early 2012 with pricing to be announced in the near future.   The existing TAS600 series is fully upgradeable to ADS-B In.  New and existing TAS600 Series customers can lock in a not-to-exceed upgrade price of $2,000 for their ADS-B In upgrade by registering at:http://www.avidyne.com/landing/tas600-adsb.asp

Avidyne is exhibiting at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s annual convention (July 20-22) in New Orleans. See the AXP340 in Avidyne Booth#830.

Avidyne will also be exhibiting at the upcoming EAA AirVenture® in Oshkosh (July 25-31) in Booth #2100 (Building B).

High-Resolution images of  AXP340 are available at: http://www.avidyne.com/news/images.asp#tas600a

About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company’s expanding line of products include the industry-leading Entegra integrated flight deck  line for new and existing aircraft, DFC90 and DFC100 digital flight control systems, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems with ADS-B, the MLB700 broadcast datalink receiver, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.

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