FreeFlight Systems (Booth No. 4513) and the University of North Dakota (Booth No. 3440) received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval in the Bell 206B for the FreeFlight RANGR FDL-978-XVR. This installation is now the first rule-compliant 978 MHz ADS-B IN/OUT universal access transceiver (UAT) for rotorcraft. The company and the school jointly developed the technology with contributions from the FAA’s Center for General Aviation Research (CGAR), as well as a consortium of universities.
The RANGR FDL-978-XVR integrates ADS-B IN/OUT capabilities with a Waas/GPS and mode-A/C transponder integration in one box. It offers ADS-B IN and TIS-B traffic plus Nexrad and other weather information to be displayed on Garmin GNS 430 displays. The RANGR FDL-978-XVR also supports weather and traffic display on an Apple iPad via an optional Wi-Fi module.
“This STC gives the large number of JetRanger operators an ADS-B solution immediately,” said Kirk Peterson, avionics manager at UND. “We are partnering with innovation and technical leaders such as FreeFlight Systems to bring the benefits of ADS-B to more pilots as quickly as possible.”