Appareo’s New Stratus 3 ADS-B
The popular Stratus portable ADS-B receiver—now the Stratus 3—has turned the page and finally has an architecture that works with more apps, has a smart battery feature and new price point. Larry Anglisano caught up with Appareo Systems’ Kris Garberg at AirVenture 2018 for an overview of the device.safety.”
Avidyne Announces Premium ADS-B Package
Avidyne is helping customers who are using the mandated transition to ADS-B also to make upgrades their instrument panels. The company announced last week a promotional program that gives customers a $2,500 rebate when combining Avidyne’s IFD550 navigator with L-3’s NXT-9000 Lynx complete ADS-B package. L-3 is also including a free Lynx ADS-B Traffic Advisory System (ATAS) upgrade, which brings the total savings up to $3,167.
ATAS provides aural alerts to the pilot, providing range, bearing and relative attitude of aircraft that could pose a threat. In addition to being displayed on the Lynx touch screen, the traffic targets also show up on the IFD550. The Lynx provides 1090 MHz ADS-B Out and dual-band ADS-B In and has a built-in WAAS GPS. TFRs, winds and temperatures aloft and radar imagery are also included by scrolling through the pages on the Lynx display.
In addition to navigation capabilities, the IFD550 provides SBAS/LPV precision, allowing pilots to fly precision RNAV approaches. The unit slips right into the slot of some legacy navigators, minimizing installation costs. In addition to the touchscreen, the IFD550 can be manipulated with buttons and knobs, making it easier to make changes in turbulent conditions.
The IFD550 retails for $21,990 while the Lynx NGT-9000 costs $6,170. The promotion is available through Avidyne’s dealer network and will run until September 28.
Gulf Coast Avionics Modernizes CJ2 Flight Deck
by Kerry Lynch
Gulf Coast Avionics completed a flight deck upgrade on a 1997 Cessna Citation CJ2, installing dual touchscreen Garmin GTN 750 GPS navcom/MFDs and dual Garmin ADS-B transponders. The upgrade brings next-generation capabilities to the 21-year-old aircraft, while easing pilot workload and increasing safety, the Lakeland, Florida company said.
“This installation is a fantastic example of how an owner can add significant operational, situational awareness, and safety capabilities to a legacy business aircraft without the significant cost and downtime of a total panel upgrade,” said Gulf Coast Avionics president Rick Garcia, who added that the project was completed on time and within budget.
Gulf Coast Avionics worked with the Jettech GTN STC, which Gulf Coast Avionics sales manager Matt Schloss said involved a straightforward upgrade to the legacy analog radios. “Probably the biggest challenge was the integration of the new Garmin avionics with the Citation’s Honeywell EFIS displays and the analog autopilot and weather radar,” he noted.
In addition to the dual GTN 750 units, the upgrade included the Garmin GMA 35c remote audio panel, GTX 345 ADS-B Out/In transponder, GTX 335 ADS-B Out transponder, and Flight Stream 510 Connext interface, along with the fabrication and painting of new metal pilot-side and center instrument panels.
Avidyne Targets CitationJets With Navigator STC, Gives Money Back For ADS-B Upgrade
By Larry Anglisano, Avionics Editor
Avidyne says the recent STC approval for retrofitting the IFD550 and IFD440 hybrid touch navigator in legacy Cessna 525/525A Citations gives the jets a sizable boost in capability, particularly for autopilot-coupled GPS VNAV approaches.
The STC, which was announced at AirVenture this week, is specifically for the CitationJet models equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 and the FGC-3000 digital autopilot/flight control system. The retrofit is also a means for equipping the aircraft with ADS-B Out, via Avidyne’s SkyTrax 322/344 (remote) ADS-B transponders. The existing Collins comm and nav radios can be removed during the retrofit since the IFD navigators have full navcomm capability.
Like the rest of the IFD navigator interfaces, the system is compatible with Avidyne’s IFD100 iPad app that communicates with the navigator via Wi-Fi for an independent, large-screen display and control of the IFDs. The IFD navigators also have internal Bluetooth, which connects to a wireless keyboard for data entry.
In other Avidyne news, the company announced a $2500 cash-back promotion that bundles the flagship IFD550 with the L3 Avionics NGT9000 multifunction ADS-B transponder. The promotion is in response to the popularity of Avidyne customers pairing the premium Avidyne IFD550 with the L3 NGT9000 transponder.
“Avidyne spends a lot of time talking with our customers, and when we learned of the popular pairing of these two products, we teamed with L3 Avionics on the two-month $2500 promotion,” Avidyne’s Dan Schwinn told AVweb at AirVenture, where the promotion kicks off. The NGT9000 is shipped from L3, but Avidyne sends the $2500 rebate when the installation is completed.
Appareo offers open source on fourth-generation Stratus receiver
Appareo released a new addition to its Stratus family of pilot-friendly affordable avionics this week. Stratus 3 is the latest model in the line of industry-leading ADS-B receivers first introduced in 2012. The company will exhibit Stratus 3 as part of its full line of Stratus products next week at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 fly-in and expo.
Stratus 3 is the fourth generation of a receiver that has proven to be the ultimate accessory for pilots who use flight apps — offering subscription-free weather, dual-band ADS-B traffic, built-in AHRS, WAAS GPS, a flight data recorder, and the patented weather replay feature that allows pilots to turn off the screen on their tablet without missing important weather information.
The company is announcing Stratus 3 with an introductory price of $699, and including an industry-leading 2-year warranty to reinforce its commitment to designing and manufacturing the most reliable portable receiver on the market.
“With Stratus 3, we set out to add more features without increasing the price,” says Appareo Aviation president Kris Garberg. “We also wanted to respond to the trend of openness in the industry. With the Open ADS-B Mode in Stratus 3, we are affirming our commitment to offering a no-compromise ADS-B portable receiver to more pilots than ever, without sacrificing performance.”
Since the first Stratus receiver was introduced, one of the hallmarks of the product has been the close integration with ForeFlight Mobile. Engineers at Appareo and ForeFlight have collaborated on the development of each Stratus receiver, with the intention of delivering an ADS-B solution that is seamlessly integrated for optimal performance and ease of use. With Stratus 3, Appareo continues working closely with ForeFlight to maintain the high-performance standards that pilots have come to expect. However, something unique to Stratus 3 is that it’s equipped with Open ADS-B Mode, enabling it to work with any electronic flight bag (EFB) app using GDL 90 protocol. The company has begun integration testing with some of the most well-known apps, including WingX, FltPlan Go, FlyQ, and iFly GPS.
This is what the EFB developers have to say regarding Appareo’s decision to open Stratus 3:
Dr. Hilton Goldstein, CEO of Hilton Software:
“WingX was the first major EFB application to bring ADS-B weather and traffic as well as Synthetic Vision to an iPad and iPhone. WingX integration with the new Stratus 3 is an important step forward in the continued open standards movement within General Aviation. As a Department of Defense prime contractor for its mobile aviation suite, we are excited to augment the incredible functionality of our military software solutions with Appareo’s new Stratus 3.”
Sarah Wilson, principal of FltPlan:
“We are thrilled to add the Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver to our list of compatible products. FltPlan users have consistently asked us for Stratus connectivity, and we are certain that this will be a popular addition to FltPlan Go. Appareo’s reputation for quality and reliability, combined with the features of the Stratus 3 make it a great option for FltPlan users looking to purchase a portable ADS-B receiver.”
John Rutter, president of Seattle Avionics Software:
“We are very excited to have worked with Appareo to ensure compatibility between FlyQ EFB and Stratus 3. Pilots can now use FlyQ EFB, the #1 rated iPad aviation app, and Stratus, the #1 rated ADS-B receiver together!”
In addition to now working with many well-known flight apps, Stratus 3 also delivers new features of Auto Shut Off and Smart WiFi. With Auto Shut Off, Stratus will power down if it’s moving at less than 5 knots or has less than a 3D GPS lock, ultimately saving battery life when someone forgets to shut it off. With Smart WiFi, Stratus 3 allows pilots to use 3G/4G LTE internet on an iPad/iPhone while connected to Stratus 3. This means pilots no longer have to “forget this network” every time they want to connect to cellular service while also connected to Stratus 3.
Stratus 3 is enabled to receive the new ADS-B weather products that are coming soon from the FAA, which will include echo tops, lightning, icing forecast, turbulence forecast, Center Weather Advisories, and G-AIRMETs. Previous models of Stratus receivers will also be able to receive the new FIS-B products.
Appareo is offering a trade-in program to Stratus 2S customers who are interested in upgrading to Stratus 3. Details can be found on the company’s website.
Dual Format ADS-B Transponder Soon to Launch in the U.S.
The German technology company TQ announced it is bringing a dual-format ADS-B transponder to EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this month. The 1090ES system can either fit into a 6 ¼-inch radio slot or a 2 1/4–inch round-gauge space, making it viable for a variety of aircraft types. TQ claims the power draw for the KTX2 is low despite the bright digital screen made to be legible in sunlight.
Installation cost should prove to be low as the system connects to an existing antenna. However, the KTX2 does not incorporate a WAAS GPS source, which is also required to comply with the ADS-B mandate for 2020.
A price for the unit has not yet been announced, but TQ said it designed the system to be affordable. It is expected to achieve EASA certification by the end of the year, followed by FAA certification.
TQ will also debut its KRT2 radio to the American market, a unit that has been installed in more than 10,000 airplanes in Europe. The KRT2 features an integrated intercom, the ability to monitor two frequencies concurrently and includes 100 memory slots for frequently used frequencies.
FAA Certified Equipment List (as of 01-JUNE-2018)
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