New external FLARM antenna available

AV-75_news_alphaTogether with RAMI, one of the largest aviation antenna manufacturers, we have developed a new professional FLARM antenna for external mounting. The new antenna replaces all different “FLARM antennas” of different quality that have circulated. The antenna (called AV-75) is similar to RAMI’s successful AV-74 SSR/DME antenna, but designed for the FLARM frequency (both EU and US frequencies).

The antenna exists in two versions for top and bottom mounting. It is especially recommended for metal aircraft, where the fuselage would otherwise interfere with the FLARM signal and reduce range.

To purchase the new antennas, please contact your local FLARM dealer.

PowerFLARM MCA approved by EASA

The European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, has formally approved PowerFLARM to be installed in gliders and powered airplanes. The installation of FLARM is considered a minor change to the type certificate of the aircraft. The approval is formally called EASA Minor Change Approval, or MCA for short. FLARM Technology was granted the approval after considerable investment in developing a new Aircraft Flight Manual Supplement (AFMS), amended airworthiness procedures, and other required documents.

Normally, an MCA is applied for by each installer. In addition to developing the documents listed above, it requires assessing the equipment and its installation against the applicable certification specifications (CS-22 for gliders and CS-23 for powered airplanes). Because this entails considerable effort, we created this MCA to cover most airplanes (gliders and powered airplanes) below 2.000 kg.

Installation of FLARM can also be carried out as a standard change; however, in that case limited to day VFR. It requires essentially the same documents as the MCA, but can be approved by the installer without involving EASA. It thus decreases the administrative burden for installers who wish to pursue their own MCA. The documents included in our MCA are adequate also for a standard change installation.

The MCA furthermore includes approval for installation of external antennas (including the new external FLARM antenna) as well as compatible FLARM displays.

To read more or to purchase the MCA, please visit the MCA product page.

Collision avoidance for GA discussed by UK CAA

Clued Up, the biannual safety magazine from the UK CAA, has published an article about the importance of technical assistance to see-and-avoid in General Aviation. The article focuses mainly on state funded ADS-B projects, but also mentions the success of FLARM.

The whole issue can be read here.

Soaring Society of America (SSA) strongly recommends FLARM in lieu of ADS-B Out

In the latest issue of Gliding International, the glider exemption for ADS-B Out in the United States is discussed. The FAA has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) regarding the possible revocation of the glider exemption. The Soaring Society of America (SSA) strongly opposes the ANPRM and instead recommends increased support for FLARM, which is much less expensive and more effective for collision avoidance than ADS-B.

The article can be read here.

The full SSA response can be read here.

French Gliding Federation bases SAR strategy on FLARM

In a meeting organized by FFVV (French Gliding Federation), the benefits of FLARM in locating missing aircraft were discussed. A presentation was given about how locating aircraft with FLARM can enable fast and efficient SAR response. The presentation was held by FFVV’s representatives Gilles Hug (Commission Formation-Sécurité) and Christophe Luquet (Comité Directeur) to those responsible for Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Aix-en-Provence. This RCC overlooks the whole French Alpine sector, and is part of the French Civil Aviation Authority’s “Centre en route de la navigation aérienne – Sud-Est” (DGAC / CRNA-SE).

In the meeting, the quick and precise location services provided by FLARM were explained in detail based on the SAR activities for HB-3393 (May 2012) and F-CLCC (March 2015). In both cases, FLARM provided the best location, in whose vicinity the aircraft was found. In the latter case, the pilot was found alive.

As part of FFVV’s safety goals of drastically reducing fatal gliding accidents in the next four years, FFVV will further train its members about the FLARM-based SAR process and related preparations. FFVV has decided to sponsor a countrywide infrastructure for receiving FLARM transmissions (link in French). This leverages the countrywide FLARM mandate in effect since 2013. According to the presented statistics, the number of mid-air collisions in France has been notably reduced since the introduction of FLARM.

Read about the SAR process here.