New transponder from EADS
EADS Defence & Security (DS) has developed a new device for automatic aircraft identification, which significantly enhances the tracking of aircraft, particularly helicopters, in airspace and thereby considerably improving air traffic safety.
As reported by Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of DS, its new lightweight LTR 400-A transponder has now been successfully flight tested by Eurocopter, in cooperation with the German air traffic control organisation DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH). This opens up the way for the introduction of the new device to the market, which will start following its certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) scheduled for the second quarter of 2010.
During its test flight of several hours, which was carried out over southern Germany on board an EC135 demonstrator, the LTR 400-A proved its worth, conforming to the latest civil and military air traffic control standards. Due to its low weight and reduced space requirement, this device is particularly suitable for integration into helicopters, while, however, also being designed for use in fixed-wing aircraft and UAVs.