AIR COM is our next generation radio with 8.33kHz channel spacing. It offers many new functions like an audio equalizer, GPS based frequency selection, or controlling our mode-S transponder. The radio is very compact and easy to install, and will be available by the end of 2015. AIR COM breaks new ground. The simple operation and meaningful functionality helps to reduce our cockpit work loads.
Display and usage
The radio is one of the most used instruments during flight. Still, today most radios feature small displays and often a cumbersome operation. AIR COM has the largest display in its class and simple, robust controls which are perfectly usable even in turbulence or with gloves. The color display performs extremely well in sunlight and shows all information large and clear. Letters and numbers are significantly larger than in current radios.
AIR COM uses modern audio technology. The equalizer allows for the first time to improve clarity by adjusting the sound output. The digital design also makes a broad variety of functions possible, like intercom, audio mixing, or individual adjustments to sound input and output.
AIR COM features a comprehensive frequency database. With this database, frequencies can be selected easily with selecting the desired airport or airspace. The database can be updated with the integrated microSD memory card. The integrated memory also allows for storing user-frequencies.
With the integrated GPS interface, a list of nearest airports or airspaces can be displayed and corresponding frequencies can be easily selected.
Radio and transponder – integration in one device saves space
For the first time it is possible to combine a radio and the control of an external mode-S transponder in a single compact 57mm instrument. To facilitate this, a mode-S transponder (the AIR Avionics VT-01 main unit) can be connected to the AIR COM. Panel space is precious, displays get larger, and an ever growing number of instruments needs to fit into shrinking panels. AIR COM comes to rescue. Directly connecting the mode-S transponder to the AIR COM means that both instruments together only need a single small 57mm cutout. This is a big step towards more panel space and saves costs.