Collision Avoidance for the Little Guy

 - September 21, 2006, 7:41 AM

Avidyne has launched a range of active surveillance traffic systems for helicopters, with prices beginning at $9,900–less than half the cost of competing systems.

Using active surveillance technology from the Ryan 9900BX system, the three new TAS600 series systems allow helicopter owners to select the price-performance combination that best suits their aircraft and mission. The systems are certified for installation on most helicopters and are available as an option on new Eurocopter EC 135s, EC 145s and EC 155s and the Agusta A119.

Head-up audible position alerting allows pilots to visually acquire traffic more quickly by listening to the target position and range. In addition, patented dual, small-footprint antennas provide target acquisition and tracking better than that provided by single-antenna systems and allow greater flexibility for installation. The systems also provide intruder squawk codes and N-numbers of mode-S-equipped aircraft.

The Avidyne TAS600-series traffic advisory systems show standard TCAS symbology on display systems from 15 different manufacturers, including Avidyne, Garmin, Honeywell, Collins, Chelton and Sandel.