IRVING, TEXAS, February 24, 2021 – FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing - announced today, that Global Aerospace Design Corp. (Global) successfully added three aircraft types to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST04299CH for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out. These recent certifications also include FreeFlight’s 1203C Global Navigation Satellite System as the primary position source.
“FreeFlight Systems works closely with operators to develop systems that will provide the best NextGen support the needs of the commercial airline industry,” explained Tim Taylor, President and CEO of FreeFlight Systems. “The advantages of this system is that it will allow these aircraft to fly more efficiently and ultimately improve situational awareness and safety.”
Initially, this STC covered the installation of ADS-B Out utilizing ACSS XS-950 Mode S Transponders with Rockwell Collins GLU-920/-925 Multi-Mode Receivers as the position source. However, the most recent amendment adds three aircraft types, the Boeing 737-400, Boeing 737-500, and Airbus A310-300, utilizing the FreeFlight 1203C.
FreeFlight’s 1203C module is specifically designed to provide highly accurate global positioning of an aircraft for airline transport, military, and business aviation platforms. The 1203C is certified to TSO-C145c and meets position source requirements for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and other L-NAV operations. Its system allows operators to integrate NextGen avionics and leverage advanced safety and greater fuel efficiencies within their aircraft fleet.
“Global proudly continues to expand our ADS-B Solution offerings in support of our customers,” stated Todd Hamblin, President, and CEO of Global. “In conjunction with FreeFlight, we are not only happy to cover more aircraft but provide an alternative position source as well.”
All aircraft flying in domestic U.S. airspace as of December 31, 2019, must be equipped with ADS-B Out. However, the amended European mandate grants extensions until June 07, 2023, and exemptions in some cases. Learn more about the amendment here.
Currently, Global is the owner of two ADS-B Out Supplemental Type Certificates. For more information regarding Global’s ADS-B Out solutions or other avionics solutions, email [email protected] or visit gadc.aero.
For operators interested in learning more about this system, go to freeflightsystems.com or contact [email protected].
About FreeFlight Systems
As a NextGen Aviation leader, FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions deliver substantial safety and unmatched reliability that is critical for modern flight operations. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS-B system. FreeFlight Systems is now a global aerospace leader, specializing in SBAS/GNSS sensors, datalink, radar altimeters, flight management systems and other NextGen aerospace avionics. For more information, visit www.freeflightsystems.com.
About Global Aerospace Design Corporation
Global Aerospace Design Corp. designs, certifies, and manages post-production modification programs for airline operators, prime integrators, and other aviation organizations. Focused on providing the most efficient path from modification to revenue service, we are known for or reactivity and efficiency. Learn more at gadc.aero.