New Rockwell Collins Mode S Transponder Variant Could Help Meet 2020 ADS-B Compliance

Rockwell Collins said it will soon offer a new variant of its TDR-94/95D Mode S transponder. The company said its aim is to help aircraft owners comply with the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B Out mandate.

The new product has the ability to automatically generate a fixed flight ID from the Mode S code, according to Rockwell Collins. This means that customers without a flight ID to send from a controller would not need to upgrade other parts of their avionics system to become compliant.

“This new variant is another way for owners to equip without doing a full avionics upgrade,” said Craig Olson, VP and general manager of business and regional systems for Rockwell Collins. “With the ADS-B Out mandate deadline quickly approaching, we’ve been hard at work to bring options to the market that make it easier for owners to get equipped in time.”

Two approved model list supplemental type certificates are being developed to support installation of the transponder and required GPS source. The certifications would cover more than 55 unique Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft. New transponders are to be available early next year.