TQ-Systems at the EAA AirVenture: Get Ready for the 2020 Mandate
28.06.2018 | TQ-Aviation
ADS-B Out: Which Solution Meets Your Requirements Best?
The TQ KTX2 Mode-S-transponder is an easy-to-install, state-of-the-art and affordable ADS-B solution.
The Bavaria-based avionic specialist TQ-Systems will put its focus on the upcoming 2020 mandate. By January 1st 2020, all aircraft in the U.S. must be equipped with ADS-B out. This technology was developed to avoid collisions by enhancing the transponder signal with the aircraft’s current GPS position. The abbreviation ADS-B stands for “Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast”.
Aircraft owners have the choice between two basic ADS-B technologies available on the market: 1090ES and 978 UAT. Both technologies meet the 2020 requirement, but there are some important differences to consider before making a buying decision. TQ-Systems has chosen to go for the first technology. 1090ES is based on ADS-B out capable Mode-S Transponders, like the brand new KTX2, and operates on the 1090MHz band. 978 UAT is implemented using various add on hardware which works independently from an existing transponder. It operates on the 978 MHz band.
Installation cost: The cost of ADS-B Out hardware is only one part of the equation – in case of a UAT solution, installation time and costs may exceed the price of the hardware. In contrast, 1090ES transponders are mounted in the avionics rack, simply replacing an old Mode A/C transponder, mostly using existing cabling and antenna.
Transponder? You still need to have a traditional transponder after 2020. If your mode-C-transponder is on its last legs, a 1090ES transponder should be the right answer. In addition to meeting the mandate, you will get all the great features of a new transponder. The KTX2 has a clear digital colored display, push-button code entry and a dedicated VFR button.
Integration: Most 978 UAT hardware require separate control heads to synchronize the squawk code with your existing Mode-C-transponder. 1090ES solutions are integrated: simply connect it to your existing transponder antenna, add an appropriate WAAS GPS source and you’ll be all set.
International flights: 978 UAT devices are limited to use in the United States. Pilots traveling to other countries should choose a 1090ES transponder.
Flying above 18,000 feet: Only aircraft equipped with 1090ES transponders are authorized to fly at all altitudes.
Traffic (TIS-B) and weather information (FIS-B): For both systems, additional ADS-B IN hardware is required. For example, there are some excellent navigation and flight planning apps for iOS and Android which, in conjunction with an inexpensive receiver, display all traffic and weather data wirelessly on your tablet.
Conclusion: If you plan to fly your airplane for at least the next couple of years, a new transponder like the modern KTX2 is the way you should go to be prepared for 2020.
The perfect supplement to the KTX2 in the cockpit is the KRT2 radio transceiver which is well proven by ten thousands of installations all over Europe. The KRT2 has an integrated intercom, a dual watch mode and not less than 100 memory slots. Both products are based on the latest digital technology. They are light, have a low power consumption and are manufactured by a fully certified company in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. All TQ products meet the highest quality standards and are supported by the unique TQ service center.
TQ-Systems provides the best-selling avionics in Europe and continues to expand in the U.S. The company has a brand new subsidiary in Chesapeake, VA. Meet them at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Hangar D, booth 2106/2107.