Avidyne's ADS-B Traffic Option

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While ADS-B shimmers mirage like on the horizon as (maybe) a really good idea, avionics manufacturers have been forging ahead with active traffic and datalink systems. Avidyne has both, but to cover all of its bets, at last week's Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) show in Dallas, it announced an intriguing ADS-B add-on option for its popular TAS600 line of active traffic systems. Avidyne's Tom Harper told AVWeb that the company believes that even in a world dominated by ADS-B—a world that still appears years away—there will always be a place for active traffic systems.

But some buyers have expressed a desire to have the ADS-B option covered. The product will use the same diversity antennas the TAS system uses and will allow composite display of ADS-B traffic along with the real-time TAS detection. Harper said no commitments are being made on delivery, but the company is accepting a $2,000 deposit to lock in orders.