Avionics News November 2015 - 23
WHAT THEY DO: Trig Avionics
develops and manufactures Mode
S ADS-B transponders, VHF radios
and audio panels.
EMPLOYEES: 32 at the
FOUNDED: 2004 by Andy Davis
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2008
ABOVE: Trig Avionics sponsors the Trig Aerobatic Team.
BELOW: Trig Avionics' TC20 and TT21
Photo by Darren Harbar
Adding new products
This summer, Trig Avionics launched two new product lines
- its dual 25 kHz and 8.33 kHz TY96 and TY97 radios and
its TMA44 and TMA45 audio panels. The company plans to
begin shipping units in coming months.
"There is a 2018 mandate in Europe for 8.33
kHz radio equipment, which is a big market
for European vendors," Roper said. "Whilst
8.33 is not relevant in the U.S., I think our radio
really does set the heather on fire, as we say in
Scotland, as it's the same form factor as
the Garmin SL 40. A lot of people
are very keen to get a compact radio
that will retrofit in the SL 40 space."
The new radios include a builtin airfield database updated via
USB drive - without the need
for a subscription service. They
also feature "Push Step," which
enables pilots to tune frequencies quickly,
as well as "Dual Watch," for monitoring two
frequencies at once. A "Say Again" button replays
up to 30 seconds of the last transmission. An emergency
button automatically sets 121.5 MHz and volume levels,
ensuring a successful transmission.
"When you get all of those features in a product that is easy
to use, good looking and compact, I think that's why people
buy Trig," Roper said.
In addition to being small and energy efficient, Trig Avionics
designs its products to be compatible with a wide range of thirdparty products, easy to install and operate, as
well as cost-efficient.
"I think we've grown so much because
our products are innovative and
give real benefit for the pilot,"
Roper said. "For example, our
first product, the TT31, is a class
leader in terms of transponder
technology. It runs extremely
efficiently and without the need of
cooling fans. It doesn't generate
a lot of heat in the stack. The street
price in the states is generally $750 less than
the competition, and yet it includes technology
others don't - 1090 extended squitter ADS-B Out to TSO
C166B. We were the first company in the world to produce a
transponder that met the FAA standard."
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