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FreeFlight Systems

October 06, 2010 07:00 ET

FreeFlight Systems RA-4000 and RA-4500 Radar Altimeter Receives EASA ETSO Approval

The Latest Radar Altimeter Family From FreeFlight Systems Receives ETSO-2C87 From EASA

WACO, TX--(Marketwire - October 6, 2010) -  FreeFlight Systems, a global provider of high quality navigation management systems, radar altimeters and other critical avionics, announces the RA-4000 and RA-4500 radar altimeters received ETSO-C287 from EASA last week.

The RA-4000 and RA-4500 Radar Altimeters, consisting of a remote unit and dual antennas, provide AGL information from 2500 feet down to ground level. Both radar altimeters can interface to the stand-alone digital display, FreeFlight Systems RAD-40. The RA-4500 Radar Altimeter also offers ARINC 429 output allowing interface with modern electronic flight information systems (EFIS) and flight director systems. Both systems are light weight at only 1.9 lbs, and are self-calibrating for easy installation.

"Receiving the ETSO offers our customers in Europe a much lower cost-solution for their radar altimeter needs, especially when interfacing with an EFIS system," said Tim Taylor, FreeFlight Systems' President and CEO. "The precision of the RA-4500 is exceptional even over 'soft' terrain such as high grass, blowing sand or water."

"I am excited to offer the RA-4500 to meet the radar altimeter regulation JAR-OPS 3.660 in Europe," said Stephane Duchesne, FreeFlight Systems' European representative. "ECT Industries already has STCs underway for the RA-4500 in the Eurocopter AS350 and AS355, which are expected to be completed soon. We are looking to expand the list of STCs in the future."

The RA-4000 offers a serial interface, weighs 1.9lbs, and is priced at $8,665 retail. The RA-4500 offers ARINC 429 interface, weighs 1.9lbs, and is priced at $9,925 retail.

About FreeFlight Systems
Founded in 2001 through the acquisition of Trimble Navigation's Avionics Products Division, FreeFlight Systems is an international supplier of quality avionics at affordable prices. With a focus on safety, simplicity, and reliability, FreeFlight Systems offers a broad array of GPS navigation systems, GNSS/SBAS sensors, radar altimeters, and ADS-B components and systems worldwide. Based in Waco, TX, FreeFlight Systems was the first company to certify an airborne Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) receiver. For more information, please visit

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