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SkyNode S200-012 ATS Safety Services
satellite commmunications system
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upgrades enabling new capabilities as well as
an improved and revised version of the unit's
underlying operating software. The company
also introduced the NXG-900 WAAS GPS sensor,
which is designed to be paired with the L3 NXT700 transponder for full ADS-B compliance. Through
December 2017, L3 is offering a trade-in allowance
when operators replace a legacy MST-67A transponder
with the NXT-700.
But the big news from L3 revolves around newly
released version 2.1 of the NGT-9000's operating
software. For example, the software upgrade enhances
the unit's existing ADS-B Traffic Advisory System
feature, which provides pilots an aural alert when traffic
is nearby. When equipped with the version 2.1 software,
ATAS now will provide traffic alerts over the aircraft's
audio system when it's below 500 feet above ground
level. The upgrade makes the NGT-9000 the only
ADS-B transponder alerting pilots to potential conflicts in
an airport's traffic pattern, according to the company.
TerrainVision, which provides relative altitude shading
for terrain and obstacles, is another new feature
the version 2.1 software provides. An $895 option,
TerrainVision is designed for both fixed- and rotor-wing
aircraft. Also enabled with the new operating software
is the capability for the NGT-9000 to display lightningstrike information generated by a WX-500 Stormscope,
combining ADS-B In's FIS-B weather information with
real-time lightning detection. The software upgrade also
facilitates dual NGT-9000 installations: When one of
two installed NGT-9000s is put into standby mode, it will
retain the ability to process and display all TIS-B, FIS-B
and Stormscope data.
Expected to be available during the second quarter
of 2017, L3 also will be adding TCAS I to the NGT9000. The $3,200 option provides embedded TCAS
I capability to any NGT-9000 model, replacing any
existing TCAS I hardware.
For more information, visit l3aviationproducts.com.
Latitude Technologies is
a global supplier of flight
data management, flight
following and Satcom solutions for aircraft operators.
Mark Insley, the company's
president, introduced its
newest product, the SkyNode S200-012 ATS Safety
Services satellite communications system, to AEA
According to Latitude, its SkyNode S200-012 is the
world's lightest and most versatile integrated aeronautical communications device. It provides security
and crew safety for air/ground logistics applications
through closed (safety critical) and private communications to ATC/AOC/AAC, plus caller authentication,
priority and preemption. Phone and data access is
available everywhere via the Iridium satellite constellation, and the device exceeds automated flight tracking
requirements mandated by U.S. and Canadian agencies. It also interfaces to multiple mapping and flightdata monitoring systems while supporting narrow-band
networking for text messaging, email, file transmission
and internet access.
Compliant with ICAO SARPs - SATCOM voice
guidance material, FAA AC 20-150B and qualified to
DO-160G, DO-178 level D and DO-262B MOPS, the
SkyNode S200-012 includes auxiliary GPS output from
its internal fast-fix, 20-channel WAAS GPS receiver.
Automated event-based reporting (i.e., weight-onwheels and out/off/on/in messaging) is supported, as
well as data logging and event triggers from external
switches/buttons and system bus sources. Protocols
like FTP, UDP, TCP/IP, SMS messaging, email and fax
The company said the SkyNode S200-012 was designed with versatility in mind, and optional features
operators may require can be added at any time. Certification via FAA, TCCA and EASA STCs is available
for more than 900 different helicopters and fixedwing aircraft. Power requirements are 12-34v DC,
with a nominal 0.5-amp current draw at 28v DC; 0.8
maximum amperage while transmitting. Serial data
ports are available, plus Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity
with personal devices.
For more information, visit latitudetech.com.
L3's TerrainVision on the Lynx NGT-9000
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