|Dual Electronics entered the market for portable ADS-B "in" receivers this week at EAA AirVenture 2012 with its XGPS170.
As the FAA nears its 2013 deadline for completing the ADS-B ground network, demand is growing for low-cost ways of obtaining the technology's promised flight and traffic information services.
Companies like Sporty's and Garmin have solutions while Dual Electronics-perhaps better known for its high-end audio components-this week is rolling out its XGPS170 ADS-B receiver at EAA AirVenture 2012.
Dual's offering receives ADS-B weather and traffic data from the Flight Information Services-Broadcast and Traffic Information Services-Broadcast for display through electronic flight bag (EFB) applications running on iPad and Android tablets.
The XGPS170 delivers the data wirelessly through Bluetooth technology and provides GPS data simultaneously to up to two tablets or smartphones.
The XGPS170 works with a number of EFB applications, among them WingX Pro7 from Hilton Software, EFB from Global NavSource, i1000 from Digital Sectional, Reader Plates, and others. In the coming weeks an up-to-date list of compatible programs will be available at the product's website, www.XGPS170.DualAv.com.
"We were very encouraged by the response to our XGPS150 from the aviation community, and are pleased to bring yet another sought-after solution to pilots," said Greg Lukins, Dual's vice president of business development.
"The new XGPS170 offers the same quality performance, ease of use, and convenience to pilots who want the enhanced situational awareness and safety benefits of the ADS-B services in their cockpits."
Similar to the company's XGPS150, the XGPS170 includes a 12-28V charging adapter and a non-skid pad to securely hold the receiver on a cockpit glare shield. A built-in rechargeable battery can power the unit for up to five hours of continuous use. The receiver also features a detachable ADS-B antenna, allowing pilots to connect the receiver directly to an aircraft's external antenna.
The XGPS170 also works with apps requiring GPS, including apps for car and marine navigation, geocaching, golfing, hiking, and many others. The company says its new ADS-B receiver will be available in late September at an estimated suggested retail price of $799.