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on April 8, 2015. " We enable ADS-B," he clarified.
The distinction is valid: Adams' company provides its
NexNav-branded GPS solutions to manufacturers
who then incorporate them into their own products. As
an OEM-to-OEM supplier, Accord Technology's product
line may not be of much interest to the typical avionics consumer. But by putting an ADS-B rule-compliant GPS on a single chip or on a circuit card assembly for third-party designs,
it's of considerable interest to avionics manufacturers.
All NexNav GPS WAAS receivers are compatible with other
satellite-based augmentation system solutions - such as the
European EGNOS, Japanese MSAS and Indian GAGAN -
and include standard NEMA interfaces. An alternative interface
allows expanded and enhanced capability for close coupling
with inertial systems. Adams told attendees that Accord
Technology's products fully comply with FAA ADS-B Advisory
Circular 20-165A, " Airworthiness Approval of Automatic
Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast Out Systems," providing
an approved GPS source meeting " all known world ADS-B
requirements" for everything from " drones to Dreamliners."
According to Adams, the company's NexNav solutions are the
only approved civil GPS receiver circuit card assembly.
Accord Technology's newest offering is its NexNav Micro-i
GPS source solution, which it said " meets and exceeds" the
new TSO C199 traffic awareness beacon systems for light
aircraft exempted from ADS-B Out requirements, including
gliders, balloons and other aircraft lacking electrical systems.
According to the company, the Micro-i features " ultra" low cost,
low power consumption and light weight while incorporating
TSO'd integrity, making it an ideal solution for experimental,
amateur-built ADS-B Out solutions.
To learn more, visit accord-technology.com.
Like many avionics companies, AeroLEDs
traces its roots back to the experimental aircraft
market. In its case, the need for low-power/highoutput external lighting in an environment where
electrical systems can be limited created a market
AeroLEDs was able to meet. The company now also offers
FAA-certified lighting equipment, as well as products certified by an OEM manufacturer or installed under a field
New products from AeroLEDs includes the Pulsar, which
the company said is designed as a direct replacement for
wingtip-mounted Xenon strobes. Thanks to eliminating bulky
power supplies and heavier wiring, the Pulsar can offer as
much as 5-pound savings over legacy, large-body strobe
equipment, according to the company, and is designed to
" reduce exposed surface area while maximizing light output."
AeroLEDs also announced it has expanded the approved
model list of STC-eligible aircraft for its SunSpot 36/46
replacement PAR 36 and 46 lighting products to more than
100 makes and models.
Also new from AeroLEDs is a direct-replacement
wingtip LED lighting system for Piper's PA-46 Malibu. The new
product is a drop-in replacement for factory recognition lights.
It connects directly to the factory wiring harness and uses the
original equipment's mounting points. The company said it
offers more than 10 times the factory-supplied
light output. AeroLEDs also introduced the
SunBeacon II, which it said is a direct replacement for all legacy anti-collision beacons and is available in
all-white, all-red or red/white configurations. Thanks to its light
weight and small size, coupled with its lack of moving parts
and enhanced light output, the SunBeacon II offers many benefits when it's time to replace electro-mechanical beacons.
To learn more, visit aeroleds.com.
Aerospace Optics is known for its VIVISUN switching products, a wide-ranging and highly flexible line of ruggedized, illuminated push-button switches and indicators with MIL-SPEC
and DO-160 compliance options. At the AEA Convention,
Loren Jensen, president and chief executive officer, introduced
attendees to his company's newest product line, the NEXSYS
series of avionics interface solutions.
The ARINC 429 Discrete Signal Converter, dubbed the
SR429, is the company's first NEXSYS product. The SR429
converts data bits associated with
a single ARINC 429 label and dissects them into 23 discrete output pins, one for each data bit.
It does this without software or
firmware, meaning DO-254
or DO-178 certification isn't
required, even though each
Aerospace Optics' SR429
unit in the SR429 product
family " has been designed to
meet or exceed DO-160F and equivalent MIL-STD test levels,"
according to the company.
The NEXSYS SR429 comes in two flavors: factory preconfigured for any specific ARINC 429 label and transmission
speed, or as a so-called " universal unit" in which ARINC labels
and transmission speeds can be set and reset in the field.
Aerospace Optics said the SR429's " flexibility makes it perfect
for ADS-B applications, but it can be used anywhere discrete
signals are required to drive analog devices." The SR429
also can be used to expand an ARINC 429 bus in situations
where all built-in discrete outputs have already been allocated.
This capability allows installers to avoid long lead-times and
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