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    Posted: 03 Jul 2018 at 10:52am
I have an IFD-540 and a Skytrax 100 and am pretty disappointed there is no dual band offering for ADS-b in on my IFD.  I still have to lug around my Stratux in order to receive 1090 on my tablet, which always has more relevant traffic than what is shown on the IFD via the Skytrax :-(

So, with Avidynes recent announcement that the FreeFlight Rangers would be the go-to solution for ADS-b in, I did a little browsing and found this model:  FDL-978-RXD which is a dual band version per their documentation here:  http://www.freeflightsystems.com/images/products/RANGR%20RX.pdf

Now, is this unit supported by our IFD's?   Any idea of how bad it would be for my shop to "swap" the Skytrax 100 out for one of these units?


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I would prefer to have the dual-band solution, too.  (Currently have an MLB-100 installed.)  I, too, am using a Stratux to get dual-band data today and would like eventually retire it in favor of ADSB data flowing through my IFD and out to tablets via wifi or Bluetooth.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ddgates Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2018 at 9:34pm
they have said privately that they are anticipating having a simple upgrade pathway from the mlb to be announced at either SNF or OSH
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Originally posted by ddgates ddgates wrote:

they have said privately that they are anticipating having a simple upgrade pathway from the mlb to be announced at either SNF or OSH

I wonder (hope?)  if this upgrade solution would be dual-band.  If its not too spendy, and indeed dual band, I would probably opt in for it.
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I see the FDL-978-RXD in the linked document, but can't find it anywhere else. IS it a new product, not yet available? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MarkZ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 2018 at 6:37am
I cannot understand why you have to install another avionics box in your airplane to get ADSB in when you have all this WiFi magic happening in your IFDs!?
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Originally posted by MarkZ MarkZ wrote:

I cannot understand why you have to install another avionics box in your airplane to get ADSB in when you have all this WiFi magic happening in your IFDs!?

Not sure what you mean.  The FAA doesn't transmit ADSB-in data via wifi, so *something* additional has to be present in the plane to receive the signal and deliver it to the IFD.  If you're implying that there are less-expensive and easily attainable boxes (like a Stratux) that can receive ADSB-in and then publish the data via wifi to attached devices, then I think the limitation is not a technical one but rather a regulatory/paperwork one:  The issue of an uncertified device feeding the ADSB datastream into a certified panel GPS.

Who knows what might be allowed in the future, but as of today (and for the foreseeable future) I don't think that's in the cards, so an approved device like an MLB100/Skytrax 100 (or whatever Freeflight device(s) replace that unit) is required.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HenryM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Allowing GDL-90 data from a WiFi device, like a Garmin GTX-345 with an internal GPS source, would simplify installations by not requiring extra wiring. 

Is there a regulation that prohibits the IFD to display uncertified data? How about data from a fuel totalizer, or the like, that could be off?
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well Osh has come and gone, and I didn’t see any announcements about an upgrade path to dual band for us skytrax users. 
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