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FreeFlight Systems introduces new radar altimeter display

11th March 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FreeFlight Systems has introduced the RAD-45, a new radar altimeter display system designed to meet new trend indicator readout regulations required by EASA for helicopter operations, the company announced on 6 March.

The system also meets all current FAA regulations.

The RAD-45 provides critical inflight information to the pilot, which is important when there are no visual clues to the landscape surrounding the airport or the flight path. The panel-mount display is easy to install, programmable via USB or micro SD card, and is compatible with the complete line of FreeFlight Systems’ radar altimeters: the RA-4000, RA-4500 and FRA-5500.

Above ground level and trend indication information is displayed on a bright LED read-out as reported from the radar altimeter unit through a standard serial interface. A built-in light sensor auto adjusts for a seamless transition from day to night flight. The pilot is able to set a decision height, and when the preset altitude is reached, a DH LED is illuminated and a DH discrete output is set. The pilot is also able to activate five trip-point discrete outputs (100-1000ft) to signal additional alerts to the navigation management system as the aircraft descends through these altitudes.

An optional night vision goggle compatible display is also available.

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