Aspen Announces Building Blocks to ADS-B
March 28, 2013 - At the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention this week, Aspen announced a lineup of new equipment that will allow owners of its flat glass PFD and MFD systems to comply with the coming ADS-B requirements.
Owners will also receive the subscription-free weather that is part of flight information service-broadcast (FIS-B) now available over most of the country.
The key to the new Aspen equipment is to be compatible with the widest range of equipment, and to allow airplane owners to meet the ADS-B requirements in the most cost effective way.
To receive the FIS-B weather and display it on Aspen's Evolution PFD and MFD, Aspen offers its new CG50 receiver. If you want the Connected Panel system that allows you to upload data into your avionics system from an iPad or other portable device, there is new capability in the CG100 that allows you to see FIS-B from a portable receiver on your PFD and MFD.
New equipment that will meet the certification requirement for ADS-B includes the ATX200 and ATX200G. The ATX200 operates on the UAT frequency and will work with a Mode C or Mode S transponder and a WAAS-enabled GPS navigator such as a Garmin 430W/530W to meet the rules. If you don't have a WAAS navigator installed, the ATX200G has a built-in compliant GPS receiver. Both systems meet the ADS-B out requirement set for 2020. The ATX200 is priced at $3,995 and the ATX200G with the WAAS GPS built in costs $4,995.
If you already have a Mode S transponder with extended squitter (ES) linked to a WAAS GPS, you are ready for ADS-B out, but not in. The new Aspen ARX100 receives traffic and FIS-B and displays that information on the PFD and MFD. The ARX100 is priced at $1,695.
The acronyms and equipment model names can be confusing, to say the least, so Aspen has created an online configuration tool that can be used to determine how best to add to your existing equipment to achieve the ADS-B level of performance you want - and eventually will need.