Avionics News October 2014 - 24

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PROFILE

FREEFLIGHT
SYSTEMS

LOCATION:
3700 Interstate 35 South
Waco, TX 76706
PHONE: 254-662-0000

FreeFlight Systems at
forefront of ADS-B
S T O R Y

B Y

C H R I S T I N E

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s	ADS-B	mandated	deadlines	from	the	Federal	
Aviation	Administration,	the	European	Aviation	
Safety	Agency	and	other	regulatory	agencies	
draw	near,	conversations	in	hangars,	avionics	shops	and	
industry	conferences	routinely	turn	to	the	challenge	of	
equipping	aircraft.	A	group	of	53	engineers,	avionics	

experts,	technicians,	assemblers	and	support	staff	at	
FreeFlight	Systems	in	Texas	is	working	hard	to	ensure	
ADS-B	products	are,	and	will	be,	available.	
The	Waco,	Texas-based	company	designs	and	
manufactures	a	variety	of	avionics	systems,	including	
ADS-B,	radar	altimeters,	WAAS	and	GPS	sensors,	and	
flight	management	systems,	for	all	aircraft	types.	All	of	
the	systems	have	one	thing	in	common	-	they're	focused	
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on	flight	safety,	designed	to	reap	the	advantages	and	
benefits	of	the	NextGen	airspace.	
As	anyone	in	the	industry	can	attest,	the	road	to	
NextGen	nirvana	has	been	a	bumpy	ride.	In	the	lead-up,	
aircraft	operators	have	chosen	to	stand	back,	watch	and	
wait,	but	that	may	be	changing.
"We're	seeing	a	sharp	uptick	in	ADS-B	adoption,"	said	
Jessica	Power,	director	of	marketing	and	sales.	"A	few	of	
the	aviation	organizations	representing	aircraft	operators	
have	yet	to	take	strong	positions	in	favor	of	adoption.	
So	we're	seeing	ADS-B	equipage	as	being	grassrootsdriven,	from	the	ramp	up,	so	to	speak.	We've	embraced	
the	regulatory	environment	by	working	closely	with	the	
process	of	developing	technical	and	airspace	requirements.	
We	certainly	understand	the	frustrations	that	can	arise,	but	
we're	inclined	to	take	a	practical,	can-do	attitude,	focusing	
on	shared	values	in	the	safety	and	growth	of	aviation."
Making ADS-B a reality
FreeFlight	Systems	was	founded	in	2001	with	the	
acquisition	of	Trimble	Navigation's	avionics	products	
division.	It	pioneered	the	first	certified	aviation	WAAS	
GPS	receiver	and	the	first	rule-compliant	universal	



Avionics News October 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News October 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
The King is Back
Member Profile
Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
What’s Working?
Aviation Aces
Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
Member Profile
Meet the AEA board of directors
Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
Business Basics
Marketing Report Card
AEAviators
Touchy-Feely Avionics
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News October 2014 - Intro
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover2
Avionics News October 2014 - 1
Avionics News October 2014 - 2
Avionics News October 2014 - 3
Avionics News October 2014 - Point of Communication
Avionics News October 2014 - 5
Avionics News October 2014 - AEA Now
Avionics News October 2014 - 7
Avionics News October 2014 - 8
Avionics News October 2014 - 9
Avionics News October 2014 - 10
Avionics News October 2014 - 11
Avionics News October 2014 - 12
Avionics News October 2014 - 13
Avionics News October 2014 - The View from Washington
Avionics News October 2014 - 15
Avionics News October 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News October 2014 - 17
Avionics News October 2014 - 18
Avionics News October 2014 - 19
Avionics News October 2014 - The King is Back
Avionics News October 2014 - 21
Avionics News October 2014 - 22
Avionics News October 2014 - 23
Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News October 2014 - 25
Avionics News October 2014 - 26
Avionics News October 2014 - 27
Avionics News October 2014 - Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
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Avionics News October 2014 - 30
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s Working?
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Avionics News October 2014 - 36
Avionics News October 2014 - 37
Avionics News October 2014 - Aviation Aces
Avionics News October 2014 - 39
Avionics News October 2014 - Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
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Avionics News October 2014 - 42
Avionics News October 2014 - 43
Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
Avionics News October 2014 - 45
Avionics News October 2014 - 46
Avionics News October 2014 - 47
Avionics News October 2014 - Meet the AEA board of directors
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Avionics News October 2014 - 50
Avionics News October 2014 - 51
Avionics News October 2014 - Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
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Avionics News October 2014 - 55
Avionics News October 2014 - Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
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Avionics News October 2014 - 60
Avionics News October 2014 - 61
Avionics News October 2014 - Business Basics
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Avionics News October 2014 - 65
Avionics News October 2014 - Marketing Report Card
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Avionics News October 2014 - AEAviators
Avionics News October 2014 - 73
Avionics News October 2014 - Touchy-Feely Avionics
Avionics News October 2014 - 75
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s New
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Avionics News October 2014 - 85
Avionics News October 2014 - Marketplace Classifieds
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Avionics News October 2014 - Cover4
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