Plan Now for TCAS Change 7.1 and NextGen ADS-B Out Transponders

PHOENIX, October 28, 2014 – According to ACSS, an L-3 & Thales Company, many operators are aware of impending mandates for TCAS Change 7.1 and ADS-B Out, but they have not taken steps to upgrade their aircraft yet.

“Change 7.1 is a simple software upgrade in most cases, so the process is quick and easy,” said Shane LaPlante, vice president of aftermarket sales for ACSS and L-3 Aviation Products.

In 2011, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a mandate requiring that TCAS II computers be upgraded to Change 7.1 software by December 2015 in aircraft being operated in European airspace. The Change 7.1 upgrade is available from ACSS for all of its TCAS products through the L-3 dealer network and service centers operated by major aircraft manufacturers, such as Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream. ACSS TCAS products include TCAS II™, TCAS 2000™, TCAS 3000™, TCAS 3000SP™, T2CAS® and T3CAS®.

ACSS’s TCAS products are installed and operating in air transport, regional, corporate and military aircraft around the world and are on a number of business jets, including Global 5000 and Learjet 40, 40XR, 45 and 45XR aircraft from Bombardier; Citation X, XLS, Mustang and Sovereign aircraft from Cessna; Falcon 7X, 900 and 2000 aircraft from Dassault; Legacy and Phenom business jets from Embraer; and G350, G450, G500 and G550 aircraft from Gulfstream.

Another upcoming mandate is for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capability. ADS-B Out mandates call for all affected aircraft categories operating in the U.S. to be equipped with compliant Mode S transponders by no later than January 2020, while new aircraft flying in Europe must be equipped by June 2016 and all in-service aircraft categories that are impacted need to be upgraded by June 2020.

“We encourage operators to get their upgrade plans in place for ADS-B Out because they’ll need to take the aircraft out of service for installation,” said LaPlante. “In most cases, the upgraded Mode S transponder installations require new wiring between the GPS sensor and the transponder for retrofit aircraft.”

Earlier this year, ACSS certified the NXT-800™ and NXT-600™ ADS-B Out Mode S transponders. The transponders are DO-260B- and DO-181E-compliant, meeting the FAA’s and EASA’s mandates for ADS-B Out. The small, lightweight NXT-600 is ideal for corporate aircraft, including helicopters.

In order to provide ADS-B Out solutions for all aviation markets, L-3 announced in July the development of the Lynx® family of ADS-B Out products for General Aviation (GA). Lynx products will be available through L-3’s dealer network to help GA operators become complaint ahead of the upcoming mandates for ADS-B Out.

Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70 percent owned by L-3 and 30 percent owned by Thales, is a division of L-3 Aviation Products (L-3 AP). L-3 AP is a leading provider of commercial and military avionics. L-3 AP manufactures a diverse line of safety- and efficiency-enhancing products that sets the standard for next-generation requirements, including configurable voice and data recorders, collision avoidance systems, navigation products, display systems and processors. L-3 AP also offers aftermarket services, including MRO and integrated performance-based logistics for military and commercial systems. To learn more about L-3 Aviation Products, please visit www.L-3com.com/aviationproducts.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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