Dual Electronics Corporation is introducing its new-generation XGPS170D dual-band ADS-B receiver that provides both 1090 MHZ ES signal reception for flights above 18,000 feet or outside the U.S. as well as 978 MHz reception.
The XGPS170D builds on the capabilities of Dual’s XGPS170, which provides 978 MHz reception for weather (FIS-B) and traffic (TIS-B) broadcasts and GPS navigation.
The XGPS170D model can connect through Bluetooth to a range of electronic flight bag apps on iPad, Android and Windows tablets. Using Bluetooth, Dual said, frees up Wi-Fi for other tasks and avoids the service interruptions that can occur with Wi-Fi. The connection to the mobile device takes less than a minute, the company added, and noted the receiver will automatically connect in future uses.
The portable unit is designed with an internal rechargeable battery that enables five hours of operation and comes with a 12-30VDC charging adapter. Dual also supplies a vibration-reducing non-slip pad.
Priced at just under $600, the units are available directly from Dual or through authorized resellers. While designed as a lower cost ADS-B portable option, the receiver can be used as a navigation tool for other activities, such as driving, boating or golf.