Avidyne Announces MLB100 ADS-B IN Datalink Receiver
The MLB100 brings ADS-B traffic and FIS-B weather to the market for Avidyne consumers. The AXP340 Mode S Transponder provides ADS-B OUT to comply with the 2020 mandate, and the MLB100 gives U.S.-based customers a low-cost ADS-B IN solution for traffic, plus the ability to receive weather data without the monthly subscription costs associated with other broadcast systems. The addition of the MLB100 gives Avidyne a full portfolio of ADS-B solutions to meet the needs of customers flying in NextGen airspace in the U.S. and around the world.
About the MLB100Using the 978MHz datalink frequency band, the MLB100 receives Flight Information System-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information, including NEXRAD radar, METARs,TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, Special Use Airspace (SUA), and Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). The MLB100 also receives traffic information directly from nearby 978MHz-equipped aircraft, and indirectly through the rebroadcast of 1090MHz-equipped aircraft via 978MHz ADS-R. Traffic information from aircraft not participating in ADS-B is received from ground stations via 978MHz TIS-B transmissions (Traffic Information Service-Broadcast).
Avidyne display systems that are already in service will require a field-loadable software upgrade to accommodate the MLB100 data stream. Announcements regarding certifications and software upgrade availability for each specific display type will be forthcoming.