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June 5, 2018
uAvionix says skyBeacon nearing certification
June 4, 2018
Dallas Avionics to Pre-Sale Certified uAvionix skyBeacon
May 29, 2018
Dallas Avionics Enables Cross-Band Communications
February 26, 2018
ARTEX ELT 4000
February 22, 2018
Bluetooth Inside the Flightcell DZMx!
February 19, 2018
Enhancement for Flightcell DZMx - Built in WiFi!
January 29, 2018
Flightcell DZMx developments concerning the Air Medical Sector
June 5, 2018
uAvionix says skyBeacon nearing certification
Company anticipates Oshkosh deliveries

Avionics manufacturer uAvionix believes it will have FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval for its innovative skyBeacon wingtip position light and integrated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transmitter before EAA AirVenture, or someone will walk the plank-figuratively, anyway. "We will either bring skyBeacon to sell and install on your aircraft, or a dunk tank for our certification lead," said Paul Beard, the company's CEO.

ADS-B uses satellites instead of ground-based radar to determine aircraft position, and is a key technology behind the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System. The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out for flight after Jan. 1, 2020, in airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today. uAvionx said the skyBeacon, which incorporates a WAAS GPS position source as well as LED position and anticollision strobe lights, when paired with an existing Mode C transponder will meet the requirements of the FAA mandate.

In an update emailed May 17 to customers, uAvionix said it will submit its TSO application to the FAA before the end of this month, "meaning that all development, testing, and verification work is complete and we are requesting approval to manufacture and sell the device," said Ryan Reed, communications director for the company. "Because of the level of involvement the FAA has had in the project, we anticipate a quick approval."

"We are on the final stretch having achieved numerous major milestones in the skyBeacon certification process," the email said. "Specifically, skyBeacon has seen rigorous environmental and performance testing, exceeding required standards and ensuring compatibility with a wide variety of aircraft. We've worked with the FAA to gain a groundbreaking approval for integrating the modern microelectronics necessary to make skyBeacon a reality. Despite these successes, we haven't yet crossed the finish line. Over the last several months we've quadrupled our team, devoting significant resources to quickly complete the skyBeacon TSO. We are humbled by the response and continued support of our customers who have partnered with us to help shape a unique vision of aviation."

A non-TSOed version of the skyBeacon is available today for experimental and light sport aircraft.

The company has started sourcing the parts for the first production run and does not anticipate any delays in fulfilling orders, Reed said, adding that uAvionix plans to offer a limited number of installations on the field during EAA AirVenture this summer. The cost will be approximately 15 minutes of shop time, he added.

June 4, 2018
Dallas Avionics to Pre-Sale Certified uAvionix skyBeacon
(DALLAS, TEXAS June 4, 2018) Dallas Avionics, Inc. announced today that the company is now taking pre-orders on the soon-to-be-certified uAvionix skyBeacon. The skyBeacon is the first in the series of uAvionix's revolutionary ADS-B solutions for the certified aircraft market. The skyBeacon offers wing-tip mounted ADS-B OUT with WAAS GPS and LED position and anti-collision strobe lights that meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B 2020 mandate when paired with an existing Mode C transponder.

"The skyBeacon offers owners of light aircraft a cost effective, ADS-B solution that is easy to install and also provides nice LED navigation and anti-collision lighting as a value add," said Dallas Avionics sales representative Scott Edwards.

The skyBeacon works with any existing mode C transponder. Installation time is expected to be less than 15 minutes instead of hours for competitive solutions, resulting in the lowest cost of ownership for a compliant, certified ADS-B out solution.

"We will begin taking pre-orders for skyBeacon for an introductory retail price of $1,849 on June 4. This is the lowest cost of ownership product on the market for ADS-B compliance, including installation" said Edwards.

The skyBeacon has completed environmental testing and is currently undergoing performance testing and uAvionix expects that the TSO will be completed by the end of June.

"We are pleased to be working with Dallas Avionics to bring the skyBeacon to their loyal customers," said President of uAvionix Christian Ramsey. "The skyBeacon was designed to help the general aviation market meet the FAA requirements in a cost effective, easy to install solution."

Dallas Avionics, Inc. is uAvionix's distributor for all certified aircraft, rotorcraft and LSA/experimental products. uAvionix is currently developing the new tailBeacon, which is also pending FAA approval, and the skySensor that will provide ADS-B IN capabilities as a companion to skyBeacon. Contact Dallas Avionics at 800-527-2581 to pre-order the skyBeacon.

May 29, 2018
Dallas Avionics Enables Cross-Band Communications
Years after 9/11, first responders still remember the coordination problems they experienced due to a lack of interoperable radio communications. Even today, interoperability between different first responder agencies is not a given - which is why the Technisonic cross-band radio solution being offered by Texas' Dallas Avionics is worthy of note.

Based upon the Technisonic TDFM 9100 Series P25 FM Communications transceiver integrated with the Iridium satellite telephone, this RF package allows agencies to work together across radio and satellite bands.
"The Technisonic TDFM 9100 acts as what is known as a 'cross-band repeater'," said Scott Hurst, Dallas Avionics' sales and technical support manager. "Say you have someone who is on 800 MHz, and you've got someone else in the air who is on VHF: We're able to do a patch between those guys," he said. "So if law enforcement is doing a vehicle chase across multiple municipalities, they can now link everyone together. And should we ever have another 9/11-type disaster, the cross-band repeater function could link first responders on different radio system together if a repeater tower went down."
"Another big thing that's come out, since Latitude Technologies has teamed with Technisonic, is the ability for helicopter operators to have Push-to-Talk (PTT) connections to other aircraft and ground stations in their talk group via radio and Iridium satellite; no matter when they are in the world," Hurst added. The talk groups can be configured and altered as needed by the operators' Web Based Dispatch centers. "No one has to dial up phone numbers anymore: The talk groups can be set up to do this automatically via PTT," he said. "Helicopter operators now have access to true interoperable communications; no matter what the band, platform, and locations of the users."

Technisonic Enables Interoperability
As noted above in the Dallas Avionics' section, Technisonics has worked Latitude Technologies to create a P25 / Satellite integration capable of supporting cross-band repeat. One that can interconnect a range of radio bands (VHF, UHF, 700 and 800 MHz) with satellite communications via the Iridium satellite network.
For the record, "Project 25 or P25 is a common set of digital protocols that when implemented, would support interoperability across radio manufacturers," said the Technisonic website (www.til.ca).
"Today's mission based aircraft operate all across the P25 spectrum, whether you are talking across the county or across the state, P25 capability is required."
Technisonic makes a range of P25 airborne FM transceivers, grouped together in its TDFM-9000/9100/9200/9300 series product line.
"Our specialty lies in designing radios that meet the unique communications needs of our clients," said Jim Huddock, Technisonic's business development manager. "An EMS helicopter may have a requirement for a UHF radio, to speak on the hospital frequency, where a federal mission-based helicopter is more focused on VHF." In either case, Technisonic interviews the customers to find out what their missions requirements are and how their radios are used aloft, and then configures transceivers to meet their needs.
In addition to adding satellite calling and PTT functionality to their TDFM line of radios (again in partnership with Latitude Technologies), Technisonic has found a way to integrate users' legacy non-P25 radios into their TDFM P25 radios using Multi Communications Ports (MCPs). "The MCP allows us to connect an external transceiver directly into our radio," said Huddock. "This provides a simple, easy-to-use connection, avoiding the need to rewire audio panels."

February 26, 2018
ARTEX ELT 4000
ACR Electronics unveils the world's first and only 406 MHz approved non-rechargeable lithium battery special conditions exempt transport-grade alkaline battery-powered solution.

ARTEX, an ACR Electronics, Inc. brand, is introducing the world's only 406 MHz approved transport-grade alkaline battery-powered Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). The development of the innovative ARTEX ELT 4000 featuring an alternative power source to traditional lithium batteries offers OEMs, airlines and operators an ELT that is exempt from FAA non-rechargeable lithium battery special conditions, while introducing significant benefits and savings in the cost of ownership through reduced, acquisition, installation, and maintenance.

By incorporating ACR Electronics' unique alkaline battery system design, the ELT 4000 is completely exempt from the FAA compliance requirements applying to the installation of lithium batteries. The ARTEX ELT's 5-year replaceable alkaline battery does not require additional protective housing or containment vessel. Further advantages of the ARTEX automatic fixed ELT include cost savings due to a lower battery expense over the five-year replacement cycle, the avoidance of hazardous material shipping fees and regulations, and easier disposal.

Jeffery Geraci, Director of Aviation Sales, states, "The innovative ARTEX ELT 4000 offers overwhelming advantages for business and transport level aircraft, with both fixed and rotor wing designs. Not only is it exempt from requiring FAA special conditions certification, it is also less costly for airlines' logistics as it is designed for easy and low-cost retrofit and is less expensive to ship than traditional ELTs with no hazmat shipping hassles. The mounting tray footprint matches the legacy ARTEX ELT installation to further reduce engineering costs. Featuring an advanced component structure and efficiencies that enable it to use less power while still meeting 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz performance standards, ELT 4000 is an immediate and innovative answer to the new regulations."

The ELT 4000 is ideal for simplified forward fit and retrofit opportunities. Unlike legacy ELT systems, it is a one-piece solution featuring built-in NAV interface (ARINC 429), allowing for connection to on-board GPS. As it is a single output ELT, the ARTEX device uses the same RF output and only one coax cable to transmit both 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz signals. It features further options including a two-wire remote switch that does not require any aircraft power.

The ARTEX ELT 4000 has received Cospas-Sarsat and FAA TSO certification and production units are now shipping. Activated manually using cockpit remote switch or automatically via internal G-Switch, the 406 MHz signal is transmitted to the Global Cospas-Sarsat satellite network and routed to the nearest Search and Rescue agency. GPS data embedded within the digital transmission reduces the search radius to 100 meters.

The ARTEX ELT 4000 is also approved and available in a Helicopter Model (HM) with a 5-axis G-Switch.

ACR Electronics, Inc. designs and manufactures an array of ARTEX ELT's, battery packs, and ELT accessories. ARTEX ELT's serve a wide category of aircraft ranging from general aviation to the world's leading airframe manufacturers, large commercial airlines, and government aircraft.

February 22, 2018
Bluetooth Inside the Flightcell DZMx!
The Flightcell DZMx is to have optional Bluetooth, allowing onboard devices to pair and be connected to the aircraft ICS. Mobile phone calls can be taken through the headset, providing pilots and crew with a handsfree capability and they can now listen to streaming audio.

This is the latest of a string of developments inside Flightcell DZMx product platform, a platform that continues to lead the industry when it comes to integrated satellite and cellular voice, data and tracking solutions. Bluetooth will be an optional extra for all new purchases that ship from July 2018.

DZMx customers will also have the option to upgrade existing units and it is recommended that this is done in conjunction with the DZMx WiFi upgrade option. Flightcell has achieved significant business success with a wide-range of companies and organisations that include the U.S. State Department, U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, U.S. and European airborne police forces, Colombian, Chilean, South Korean and Turkish Air Forces, British and Norwegian Search and Rescue, and EMS operators in more than a dozen countries. As well, leading aircraft manufacturers such as Leonardo Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky install Flightcell's DZMx systems on new production aircraft.

Find out more about Flightcell DZMx Bluetooth at Heli-Expo Booth C2141.



February 19, 2018
Enhancement for Flightcell DZMx - Built in WiFi!
The Flightcell DZMx, the all-in-one solution for global voice, data, messaging and tracking, is to be enhanced with a built-in WiFi hotspot and router. This provides a cellular broadband data connection for onboard smart devices and connected equipment without the need for a separate WiFi router installation. The WiFi antenna and components are installed within the existing DZMx housing.

"Space is at a premium in the cockpit, which is why we have designed the DZMx to be a compact all-in-one unit in the first place", says John Wyllie, CEO Flightcell. "We've now provided our customers with an additional, and highly desirable, capability and at the same time we are saving them the cost, time and space that a separate installation demands."

Built-in WiFi will be an optional extra for all new purchases that ship from July 2018. DZMx customers will have the option to upgrade their existing units.

Flightcell has achieved significant business success with a wide-range of companies and organisations that include the U.S. State Department, U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, U.S. and European airborne police forces, Colombian, Chilean, South Korean and Turkish Air Forces, British and Norwegian Search and Rescue, and EMS operators in more than a dozen countries. As well, leading aircraft manufacturers such as Leonardo Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky install Flightcell's DZMx systems on new production aircraft. This is the first of two technology releases by Flightcell leading up to Heli-Expo 2018 - expect another announcement within the week. They will be demonstrating this capability at Heli-Expo Booth C2141.



Flightcell International is a global producer of airborne integrated-mobile communications, providing satellite and cellular data, voice and tracking to over 3500 commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Flightcell are the innovators and manufacturers of Flightcell DZMx, the world's only all-in-one Iridium and cellular solution for voice, data, and aircraft tracking. For more information, contact Flightcell International Limited, phone +64 3 545 8651, email info@flightcell.com, visit www.flightcell.com or follow them on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, & Twitter.

January 29, 2018
Flightcell DZMx developments concerning the Air Medical Sector
Successful Zoll & Lifepak Monitor Integration
Late last year we integrated a Zoll X Series monitor/defibrillator and a LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillator with the DZMx and a WiFi hub. We tested them with the help of Zoll NZ, St John NZ and GCH Aviation (formerly Garden City Helicopters).

We successfully and repeatedly sent 12-Lead ECG reports from the monitors to their respective data centers over DZMx cell data!

What does this mean for your customers?
They can now transmit patient ECG information to the Emergency Department (ED) while inbound, instead of waiting until they arrive. This allows more time to mobilise the cardiac team and prepare stents if they are necessary. This technology make life a lot easier for the crew, but more importantly it will save lives.

Customers may have monitors with in-built cellular capability, however without an installed external antenna the range is limited. A DZMx installed solution will be far superior to anything they have already.

Compliance with FAA Helicopter Air Ambulance Mandate
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) mandate as detailed in advisory circular AC 135-14B specifies that operators must install a Flight Data Monitoring System (FDMS), that meets certain criteria, in each HAA by April 23, 2018.

The Flightcell DZMx will be compliant with this mandate. It will be capable of recording flight performance data including at minimum: latitude, longitude, barometric altitude, and date/time of recording, once per second and have sufficient memory to retain the data over 4 hours of flight time.