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has what Hill labeled as new ADS-B and TAWS test solutions for platform installations.
To learn more, visit aeroflex.com.
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installed with the CI 1120-300 triplexer, which affords tripleband output from a single antenna connector.
Meanwhile, the CI 1085-20 is the only VHF antenna
that also can do ADS-B's TIS-B traffic service, according to
the company. To help avionics shops and aircraft owners,
Cobham put together a chart detailing ADS-B implementation
in airspace throughout the world, including dates, altitudes
and other details. The chart also details the various options,
if any, and equipment standards needed to comply with the
coming ADS-B mandates.
To learn more, visit cobham.com.
Cobham AvComm - formerly Aeroflex - designs, develops, manufactures and markets a diverse range of microelectronic, and test and measurement devices for a wide
variety of industrial applications. Guy Hill, director of the
company's avionics test product line, introduced Cobham
AvComm's latest entry into that
market, the ATC-5000NG
transponder test set.
It's an RF signal generator/receiver for testing Mode A, C and S
for engineering development, design validation, manufacturing and
transponder test set
applications, the new
product replaces the Aeroflex legacy SDX-2000 and the
ATC-1400A/S-1403DL test rigs.
The bad news is those products have reached the design
limit of the hardware associated with them and are not
capable of performing testing to meet DO-260B or DO-282
requirements. They're not upgradeable - but they're still
supported - and components used in their design no longer
are in production. The good news, according to Cobham
AvComm, is the ATC-5000NG's software-defined radio
architecture supports more transponder test capabilities
under RTCA DO-181E than the legacy products it replaces.
It also includes new capability needed for testing under the
FAA's NextGen requirements for ADS-B and UAT.
The ATC-5000NG employs a 10.4-inch touchscreen
LCD display for operator control of all test set capabilities
and supports multiple international calibration and performance standards, including ATCRBS/Mode S, DO-181E,
DO-260, DO-260A, DO-260B, UAT and DO-282B.
Additional features built into the ATC-5000NG include multireceiver capability, plus full diversity testing. An enhanced
measurement ability - including pulse rise-and-fall times
- and an interrogation table mimicking the original SDX2000's capabilities also are aboard. In addition to its new
ATC-5000NG transponder test set, Cobham AvComm also
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DMA-Aero has been in the business of manufacturing test
equipment since 1938. Today, the company offers a diverse
array of products including fly-by-wire flight control surface
movement analyzers, tachometer test sets, tilt tables and
other equipment used in more than 80 countries worldwide.
At the AEA Convention,
Rob Knowles, president, introduced
DMA-Aero's newest offering, the
MPS49 multiport air
data test set. It is a totally
RVSM-compliant and fully
automatic air data test set,
including calibration and leak
testing capabilities for aircraft
equipped with both standard
data test set
pitot-static probes and so-called " smart"
probes incorporating angle-of-attack sensors.
The new instrument is physically similar to the one it
replaces, the MPS45, but the MPS49 is a " true" independent
three-channel tester, according to the company, and sports
several improvements over the earlier device. For example, at
33 pounds, it weighs significantly less than the earlier instruments. Its built-in rechargeable battery can operate the device
for up to two hours and is front-panel removable, but the unit
can operate without the battery if AC power is available. It
also features a larger, color touchscreen display than previous
models and incorporates a keyboard for easy use.
The MPS49 includes isolation capability for multiple air data
and AoA ports, generating independent calibration and leak
testing for each " smart" probe. Calibration itself is performed
via the instrument's keypad or touchscreen, and no mechanical adjustments are required. The unit's recommended calibration cycle is 18 months, helping reduce ownership costs.
Remote controlled multiport switching and the ability to drive
up to 12 outlets - four static, four pitot and four AoA ports - is
standard equipment. Additional features include a 5,000-hour
warranty on internal pumps, a USB port, an encoding altimeter
option, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and IEEE 488 GPIB interfaces.
To learn more, visit dma-aero.com.
One of the challenges confronting the avionics industry
is how to equip the thousands of U.S. aircraft needing an
approved ADS-B Out solution in advance of the FAA's 2020
deadline. Despite a wide range of product offerings from many
manufacturers and industry efforts to address cost and product
selection issues, aircraft owners seem to be taking a waitand-see attitude when it comes to making decisions on how
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