Allows ADS-B In Capabilities
Upgrade allows industry-leading TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems
to accept ADS-B IN; TAS600A Series combines higher precision and
extended range of ADS-B with added protection of independent
Integrated flight deck and safety systems manufacturer Avidyne
introduced Thursday at AEA 2009 its new TAS600A Series of
ADS-B-capable Traffic Advisory Systems. In addition, Avidyne
announced that existing TAS600 Series systems are fully upgradeable
to ADS-B capability.
Avidyne is accepting no-obligation reservations for ADS-B
upgrades through the end of 2009, allowing current TAS600, TAS610,
and TAS620 owners to lock in a $2,000 upgrade price.
"While the mandate for ADS-B equipage of GA aircraft currently
has a 2020 deadline, many parts of the US and some other countries
are already starting the transition now, and customers want to know
their avionics are going to be compatible in an ADS-B world," said
Patrick Herguth, Chief Operating Officer. "Adding ADS-B IN to our
TAS600 systems provides our customers with the added precision and
extended range of ADS-B, along with the independent protection of
an active-surveillance traffic system."
"This is the first in a series of ADS-B announcements that
Avidyne will make as we transition to the Next-Gen Air Traffic
Control System," said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne President and CEO.
"TAS600 systems already operate in the 1090MHz band and their
dual-antenna architecture meets the DO-260A requirement for full
diversity antennas, so adding ADS-B is an extremely cost-effective
way for our customers to see ADS-B traffic, along with TAS traffic,
without having to replace their existing TAS-compatible
Avidyne's Entegra Traffic Series includes three models of
dual-antenna TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems include the TAS600,
TAS610, and TAS620, which actively interrogate other
transponder-equipped aircraft, and independently compute range,
bearing, and closure rate of these aircraft in order to provide
pilots with an accurate display of nearby traffic and timely
audible and visual alerts of conflicting traffic.
An announcement of a definitive date for the availability of the
TAS600A and ADS-B Upgrade Kits for existing TAS600 systems is
forthcoming as Avidyne awaits final FAA rulemaking on ADS-B.
Avidyne is currently accepting no-obligation reservations via its
website for ADS-B upgrades through the end of 2009, allowing
current TAS600, TAS610, and TAS620 owners to lock in a $2,000