L-3 Lynx ADS-B Solutions for Caravans, Helicopters

 - June 21, 2016, 12:52 PM

Dallas-based cargo air carrier Martinaire is equipping its fleet of 28 Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster turboprops with the L-3 Aviation Products Lynx NGT-9000 ADS-B transceiver. The NGT-9000 provides both ADS-B out and in features, including FIS-B weather, Notams and airspace and TIS-B traffic information on its own touchscreen or on pilots’ mobile devices, all in one self-contained, transponder-sized unit.

“We were looking for a single unit that could add weather and traffic to our cockpits while also satisfying the ADS-B mandate,” said Alan Rusinowitz, executive vice president and COO of Martinaire Aviation. “The Lynx NGT-9000 specifically met our needs, giving us the flexibility to view traffic and weather on the panel-mounted unit, as well as Wi-Fi the data to the pilot’s iPad.”

In addition, the FAA awarded Canada’s Vector Aerospace an STC for an ADS-B solution using the L-3 Lynx NGT-9000 in the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo AW139 and Sikorsky S-76. The STC offers MFD/PFD interfaces for display of TIS-B and FIS-B ADS-B in information on cockpit displays and optional Wi-Fi for mobile device display.

“We are thrilled to add this new STC capability to our long list of FAA-, TCCA- and EASA-certified STCs for Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Sikorsky aircraft,” said Elvis Moniz, Vector vice president of business development, airframe and avionics solutions. “Our experience with this type of retrofit solution dates back to the FAA’s Alaska Capstone program, which saw Vector work directly with the FAA to perform 450 Capstone installations—including ADS-B—on a variety of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft between 2002 and 2005.”