Avionics News January 2016 - 21
age evolved to Gulfstream standards out of Honeywell's Primus
Epic integrated avionics package.
The ESI-500, unveiled in September 2015, follows a long line
of other innovations that recently emerged from L-3.
A BUSY YEAR
Along those same lines, L-3 previously introduced its new
Lynx line of transponder products designed to bring ADS-B
solutions to general aviation.
Lynx is a single-box solution with an embedded GPS-WAAS,
eliminating the complexity and cost of multiple components.
L-3's top-of-the-line Lynx NGT-9000 is an ADS-B In/Out transponder that also sports a touch-screen display of traffic, weather,
airport data and restricted airspace.
The NGT-9000's feature set goes well beyond ADS-B
compliance, and operators and dealers are taking notice. L-3,
through its ACSS joint venture with Thales, offers a set of
ADS-B Out transponders for the higher end of the market that
are DO-260B compliant and already installed on hundreds of
The NXT-800/NXT-600 are a new generation of transponders
for air transport, regional, corporate and military transport aircraft. ACSS also provides ADS-B In solutions with SafeRoute, a
suite of certified ADS-B In capabilities that help operators reduce
flight times and fuel consumption, while improving situational
MORE TO COME
According to company spokesman Steve Henden, L-3 plans
to focus on its broad line of solutions that meet the upcoming
They're also recommending that all operators, from GA pilots
to corporate flight departments and airlines, get their plans in
place to upgrade their aircraft ahead of the mandate.
With many business-turbine aircraft still missing an ADSB solution, and pages seeming to fly off the calendar, L-3
should find a ready market for more ADS-B solutions - and
with glass cockpits the dominant instrument configuration for
factory-built, retrofit, light sport and experimental panels, the
market for matching standby instruments will likely continue
to grow, adding to the potential market for L-3's standby
instrument solutions. q
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