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NavWorx ADS-B Is 'Fully Operational,' TSO Anticipated

Installed On Certified Cessna, Experimental RV Aircraft, And Others

Avionics company NavWorx says its Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) ... delivering the benefits of NextGen air transportation technology to general aviation aircraft ... is "fully operational," and the company expects TSO certification "soon." The company’s flagship product, the ADS600-B, is a single device that both transmits and receives critical flight data and information services into the cockpit. Pilots can choose from a variety of options to display this data, including panel mounted or portable devices. The ADS600-B is designed to meet the FAA’s 2020 mandatory compliance requirements for ADS-B equipage.

Working in conjunction with NavWorx, ADS-B solutions developer SkyVision Xtreme has been using the ADS600-B in two certified Cessna aircraft, a 182 Skylane and 177 Cardinal, since 2009. SkyVision selected the NavWorx ADS-B device, as it “was the only reasonably priced ADS-B receiver that worked,” said Jeremy Brady of SkyVision. “We have continued our relationship with NavWorx through their development of the ADS600-B transceiver and it is still the only reasonably priced ADS-B In and Out solution on the market. NavWorx has consistently met the challenges of a rapidly evolving technology, which has kept them at the forefront of the ADS-B market.” SkyVision has also overseen ADS600-B installations in aircraft ranging from light-sport models to Cessna Citation Ultra jets.

Dennis Sorber of Avionics 1st, has also used the ADS600-B successfully in certified aircraft. Sorber stated, “We have done two provisional installations of the NavWorx ADS600-B in a Cessna Cardinal and an A36 Bonanza. They are operating on Aspen Avionics and [Garmin] MX20 displays. Having flown these aircraft in the Dallas area, we find they provide excellent traffic info complete with bearing line.” He continued, “Comparing these to installations of [Garmin] GTX 330 transponders and [SiriusXM] XM WX satellite weather, the ADS600-B excels on both price and functionality. Installation was relatively easy and NavWorx provided very good support.”

Customers Amy Laboda, an aviation writer for Kitplanes magazine, and Deepun Desai, president of Affordable Avionics Inc., have had success with the ADS600-B in their Vans RV amateur built aircraft. “It gives us the ability to see NEXRAD weather radar images superimposed on our routing in our Grand Rapids Technologies Horizon I EFIS and other weather products," Laboda said. "An added bonus is that the transceiver also provides us with traffic information. The NavWorx transceiver worked amazingly well, picking up the ADS-B weather feed at 500 MSL and displaying traffic even quicker.”

NavWorx says the unit delivers the full benefits of ADS-B, requiring no transponder or display changes, additional equipment or installations. The ADS600-B is a single compact unit and fully compatible with the most commonly used EFIS, EFB, iPad and other devices.

NavWorx equipment is available today and can be installed on both experimental and certified aircraft when it meets “portable installation guidelines.” Installations on certified aircraft can be carried out via logbook entry using certified antennas, wiring and circuit breakers per aircraft maintenance manuals. A portable ADS600-B unit is then installed by the owner. SkyVision Xtreme also offers its SkyVision Portable. Complete with ADS600-B, it includes antennas and wiring in a stowable briefcase.

In addition to the ADS600-B, NavWorx offers WxBox, an ADS-B In solution. The company says that while other devices highlight dual-link, TIS-B traffic, or application benefits, complete ADS-B traffic reception and compliance requires an installed ADS-B Out system such as the NavWorx ADS600-B.

The ADS600-B is priced at $2,595, with TSO certification is expected soon. WxBox, a receive-only ADS-B device, is now priced at $849.

FMI: www.navworx.com

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