Ohio-based drone manufacturer Event 38 Unmanned Systems has entered into a collaborative agreement with uAvionix to resell and integrate uAvionix’s automatic dependent surveillance—broadcast (ADS-B) products with Event 38 aircraft.
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and manned aircraft equipped with uAvionix’s ADS-B transceivers can track each other electronically while in flight. ADS-B transceivers – like uAvionix’s Ping2020, which is small enough for Event 38 drones – receive and transmit information about air traffic such as location, altitude and speed. The Ping series can detect ADS-B messages from aircraft up to 100 miles away.
When a uAvionix ADS-B transceiver is integrated with an Event 38 aircraft, operators can see the locations of manned air traffic overlaid directly on their ground station display. This capability improves both operator and pilot situational awareness so that operations near manned aircraft can be performed with an added level of safety, the partners explain.
“Our prediction is that the FAA will require ADS-B as part of its eventual integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airpsace System,” says Jeff Taylor, president of Event 38. “By partnering with uAvionix to offer this capability, we hope to make it easier for our customers to obtain Part 107 waivers now and to build flight heritage for future changes in regulation.”
Event 38 will carry all of uAvionix’s products for unmanned aircraft, including Ping2020, Ping1090, Ping200S(r) transponders and PingUSB. These products will be available on all Event 38 long-endurance aircraft starting with the E384-Heavy and E400.