New transponder for sailplanes.

07 September, 2012

PJ Aviation is launching a new transponder which is particularly attractive for glider pilots.

Until now, the only compact transponders with integral altitude encoders, were expensive Mode-S types from Europe.  Those types without integral encoders, just added to the expense and complexity of the installation.

The newly certified STX-165 changes all this.  It is a Mode-C capable transponder, with integral altitude encoder, meaning no additional encoder box and complex loom – you just need to connect power connections and the antenna.  The front panel shape is about the same as the old Terra, but its much shorter at 175mm.

Current consumption is only 300 to 400mA depending on the pulse rate and squawk code.

With the addition of an outside air temperature probe, the transponder will also display density altitude and icing risk.

The current price is around R15,000 including VAT and delivery.  Warranty is 3 years.

PJ Aviation offer a variety of transponder antennae, from short rod types to internal dipoles for gluing onto the inside of the skin.  Low loss cables are supplied as required.

New VHF airband transceiver announced.

Dittel Avionic announced their brand new KRT2 VHF-AM transceiver in April.  This is the first new transceiver from Europe with EASA certification in several years.  Developed by the original designer of the Filser radios, the KRT2 has all the features that the market has been requiring over the last few years, but at an affordable price.

The KRT2 has a compact 57mm housing to cater for today’s large panel displays and accepts a wide range of peripheral audio devices.  A remote control head is available for tandem aircraft.

EASA certification means that reliability and performance are guaranteed under the harshest conditions.


New range of antennae for composite aircraft
now available in SA

PJ Aviation has been appointed SA resellers of the range of Dolba and Dolba VHF, transponder, ELT and Flarm antennae for composite power aircraft and sailplanes. Developed in conjunction with the Fraunhofer FHR Institute for high frequency and radar research in Germany, the Dolba antennae range are designed for structural integration into the composite airframe without ground plane. An important new addition is a Flarm antenna splitter, allowing Flarm antenna placement on top and underneath aircraft to provide better coverage for this anti-collision warning system.