Avionics News November 2015 - 24
In January, Trig Avionics moved to its
new, 10,000-square-foot headquarters
at Edinburgh Research Park.
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Expanding ADS-B Out
With mandate deadlines for ADS-B Out growing near, Trig
Avionics is focused on solutions for operators. In August, the
company received an ADS-B supplemental type certificate for its
TT22 transponder. The STC covers 576 aircraft types, including
Piper, Cessna, Beechcraft and Mooney aircraft.
"Now large numbers of GA customers can look at a Trig
solution and have the fundamental benefits of 1090 MHz,"
Roper said. "According to FAA data, the vast majority of pilots
are choosing 1090 solutions, and we think there are compelling
reasons why. 1090 is an international standard. You can use it
anywhere globally. 1090 can be used above 18,000 feet. UAT is
limited to up to 18,000 feet. 1090 is also painted on TCAS systems
directly as well as on flight tracking software."
Working with Peregrine, its dedicated STC partner in Denver,
Colorado, Trig Avionics has also enhanced the TT31. New
software allows the transponder to be retrofitted in legacy aircraft.
The STC's AML includes more than 650 aircraft.
For Trig Avionics, an operator flying with a BendixKing
KT76A or 78A is the ideal customer. A dealer can upgrade the
BendixKing transponder with the latest software and reconfigure
the serial port while keeping the existing tray, antenna and antenna
wiring, and even use the existing altitude encoder.
"If you have a Garmin GNS or GTN navigator, typically a
Garmin 430, you can hook it up to your transponder," Roper said.
"The FAA does require you to have air/ground determination,
which is provided from a squat switch kit or airspeed kit that
comes from Peregrine. They can provide that for you for about
$100. The STC paperwork is free. You're set to trot. It's incredibly
cost effective. While other ADS-B solutions may look cheap, you
might have to fit a UAT antenna, drill holes in the aircraft, and
your installation time will be longer."
Trig Avionics solutions now provide thousands of pilots with an
easy ADS-B Out solution, according to Roper.
"The FAA will still require you to have a transponder after
2020," he said. "Why would you want to fly with an old Mode C
transponder that's potentially going to be unreliable when you can
get a brand new Mode S transponder with built-in ADS-B Out at
such a good price point and with the STC?"
Currently, Trig's transponders are certified up to 35,000 feet.
Given the need for ADS-B solutions in the Part 25 market, the
company is looking into expanding its operational limit.
Although Trig Avionics is mostly known in the light aviation
market, other operator types are taking advantage of the
company's technology, too. The TY92, a high-powered version
of its TY91 radio, is being used increasingly as a standby radio in
heavier Part 23 and even in Part 25 aircraft, as well as helicopters.
"A paramedic service in Germany has retrofitted our TY92
radios in its helicopters," Roper said. "The Bristow Group in
America (which provides helicopter shuttle service to offshore
energy production platforms and drilling rigs) uses our TT22
ADS-B solution in its Sikorsky helicopters. Heavier GA users are
coming to realize how practical and beneficial our retrofit VHF
and ADS-B solution can be."
Trig Avionics' ADS-B program is central to its product
expansion in the U.S. As an international company, it's active
in many different regions of the world, including Australia and
Europe. Currently, Trig Avionics is participating in Project EVA
(enhanced visual acquisition) with a program that flight tests
ADS-B traffic technology in Europe.
"In Europe, there's a genuine interest in ADS-B technology,"
Roper said. "Whilst there is no mandate for GA, regulators seem
to be moving toward using ADS-B in VFR airspace to enhance
flight safety and ensure aircraft separation. We're working with
the National Air Traffic Service in the U.K. and also with the
EASA to consider traffic technology that might be endorsed for
future use within Europe."
Among Scotland's castles, majestic mountains and northern
lights is a thriving, progressive, high-tech spirit. Trig Avionics
embodies that innovative spirit as well as a love for aviation,
benefiting operators around the world.
"We're excited to bring products to market that people are
really enthusiastic and excited about," Roper said. "We're
innovative. We're pioneers. We're a company that's really
pushing ahead." q