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Restoring Just Jane & HJ711 to their former glory

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a unique home for two famous aircraft, the Avro Lancaster and De Havilland Mosquito.

Based at East Kirkby, this wartime RAF airfield is an incredible backdrop to a project team who are restoring both these aircraft to their former glory. The team is led by Andrew Panton, Director of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, he explained why Trig is a valuable part of their operation.

“We regularly operate these classic aircraft, running their engines and taxying them around the airfield apron and grass runways. To do this safely our pilots use Trig radios and transponders. The TY91 radio provides excellent voice communication, with ground staff. The TT21 Mode S transponder provides visibility to air traffic and other aircraft, which will be necessary for future operations. The quality of Trig equipment, ease of operation and its aesthetic look is ‘just right’ in these historic aircraft – this made Trig our top choice.”

The quality of Trig equipment, ease of operation and its aesthetic look is ‘just right’

For the team this has been a significant year, their De Havilland Mosquito HJ711 has been operational for the first time, running its two Merlin engines much to the delight of visitors. Whilst over 4,000 Mosquito aircraft were built during the war, HJ711 is the only night fighter version still in existence. The Mosquito was made of wood, this makes it light, strong and very fast – capable of a top speed of 415mph. Aircraft owner Tony Agar has spent nearly 40 years restoring HJ711 to its current condition. The aircraft is not licensed to fly; however, pilots still experience the unique power of HJ711 as they bring its combined 3,280 horsepower back to life during the ground running season.

A Rivet Club exists to enable supporters to get involved, raising funds for the project

Lancaster NX611, known as ‘Just Jane’ is being fully restored to flight. This is a remarkable objective for the small team of engineers and the many volunteers, who aim to complete this goal in a ten-year timeframe. A Rivet Club exists to enable supporters to get involved, raising funds for the project which is expected to cost more than £ 4 million pounds.  Andrew Panton said, “Within the rolling restoration program our Trig TT21 transponder and TY91 VHF radio have been installed and are in constant use during ground taxi days. We are grateful for the support of Trig Avionics; these avionics are of course certified for flight – one day the Lancaster will indeed take to the air. Right now, we are in another winter season, currently working hard on the re-build and restoration of the port wing. The skills required and effort necessary to bring NX611 to flying condition is a marathon, but we do genuinely appreciate all the interest and support received from across aviation, from companies like Trig.”

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre welcomes support for this unique restoration project.

To get involved go to www.lincsaviation.co.uk/store/donations/

 

Gain system redundancy and enhance your safety

For aircraft owners winter heralds a time to reflect on epic summer flights. This is also the season of aircraft upgrades. One exciting new option this winter is installing a Trig TX56 Nav/Com. This upgrade will enhance your avionics panel, improve safety and add value to your aircraft.

Many aircraft owners in Europe continue to operate and fly with a single 8.33 VHF radio. Some pilots changed a single VHF Com radio to meet the EASA 8.33 kHz mandate in 2018, but still rely on elderly legacy Nav/Com units, which have no 8.33 kHz spacing capability.

“Investment in a TX56 protects the safety of pilot, passengers and your airframe”

Marketing Manager at Trig, Jon Roper said. “Installing a new TX56 Nav/Com gives you a second 8.33 kHz VHF radio, this is valuable for redundancy. The slimline TX56 takes minimal space in the panel and it supports both legacy and modern CDI / indicators. Critically, the Nav/Com also provides redundancy to GPS, for VOR navigation and ILS approaches. If a GPS system failure occurs, then the TX56 becomes your immediate navigational back up. Investment in a TX56 protects the safety of pilot, passengers and your airframe.”

A Nav/Com uses established radio-based navigation, however today this has added value. In a topical twist, the war in Ukraine has seen a significant increase in serious GPS spoofing and jamming by Russia, across Europe. Whilst disruption has impacted areas in Eastern Europe, there have been incidents reported across numerous other countries. As a result, EASA issued a specific Safety Information Bulletin, EASA SIB No: 2022-02. The guidance highlights that the extent of potential disruption cannot be predicted. The bulletin advises that “essential conventional navigation infrastructure, particularly Instrument Landing System, are retained and fully operational.” The TX56 supports VOR tracking and ILS approaches.

At only 33mm tall, the TX56 has a clear display and simple user interface, to make communicating and navigating stress free. Dual watch and Trig’s unique ‘Say Again’ radio technology is featured. In addition, a built-in digital CDI and user configurable database of over 200 Nav and 200 Com frequencies with identifiers adds genuine value. The TX56 is available for £ 3,690 (list price) excluding tax. Pilots who want the peace of mind of a modern, reliable Nav/Com can order a TX56 from their Approved Trig Dealer.

For those building a new panel or making a more comprehensive upgrade Trig now offers a complete avionics stack – with the smallest form factor in the industry, at £ 9,121 (list price) excluding tax.

Pilots and vendors have the welcome opportunity to meet again, after the long pause forced by Covid.

The team at Trig is no exception – we will be attending three fly in events this September. Pilots are welcome to visit our stand, ask questions and see why Trig products are ‘Better by Design’.

The International MULM Event in Blois, France is a focal point for ultralight and light-sport forms of aviation. Trig’s compact family of transponder and radio products are ideally suited to these aircraft types. Dean Bryce, Sales Account Manager at Trig will be at the show, on hand to demonstrate Trig’s high-quality avionics that are lightweight and take up minimal space in the panel. Trig’s TN72 GPS is a natural upgrade to a Trig transponder, allowing European pilots to become ADS-B Out equipped, this improves flight safety at a minimal cost. The MULM takes place between the 2nd and 4th of September, at Blois aerodrome.

The Light Aircraft Association, Grass Roots Fly In is taking place over the same weekend, at Popham in the UK. Trig Team members Jon Roper and Katie Mathieson will be on hand to assist customers, in conjunction with LX Avionics who are Approved Trig Dealers. This show attracts a wide variety of aircraft and like Blois, Trig will be showing their latest TX56 Nav/Com. With a slimline form factor, and a unique set of capabilities the TX56 offers pilots a highly compelling combination of quality, features, and value.

AOPA in the USA is holding a Fly-In called AOPA ‘The Hangout’ at Felts Field, Spokane in Washington State, between the 9th and 10th of September. Dean Bryce and Jon Roper will have a Trig stand at the show. Trig Marketing Manager, Jon Roper said, “Recent additions to our product range include our Nav/Com and our transponder and VHF antennas. Trig now offers a full stack for less than $ 11K USD ex tax. This is seriously compelling for aircraft owners, who operate older airplanes, where the age and value of the airframe makes Trig the perfect solution. This AOPA event gives us a great opportunity to meet pilots and demonstrate the full suite of Trig products, we look forward to seeing folks at the show.”

Servicing the national powerline network, is a tough and demanding operational environment.

Haverfield Aviation are powerline professionals with a fleet of 25 helicopters – all these airframes needed a new VHF radio, one that their pilots could trust. Haverfield’s avionics expert John Self explained, “Flying at low level and close to electrical pylons, our pilots depend upon reliable and good quality equipment. After careful consideration, Haverfield committed to using the Trig TY96A across the fleet.”

Haverfield are industry leaders, with the ability to rapidly move crews and equipment to remote locations. John said, “The whole logistics team rely on radio communications, to safely complete our duties. Flying helicopters near power lines is a high-risk operation, particularly in rapidly changing weather conditions. Despite these realities our helicopters are dependable and well-engineered – just like the TY96A radio, we are impressed with the quality of Trig equipment.”

“Our helicopters are dependable and well-engineered – just like the TY96A radio”

The TY96A VHF radio is slimline, only 1.3 inches tall fitting easily into a rotary stack. The radio provides crisp and clear stereo communications. Designed to be easy to use, Haverfield pilots appreciate the TY96A’s faster tuning, dual watch and the popular ‘Say Again’ feature. This allows the pilot to repeat the last transmission, at the press of a single button. Uniquely, the radio also has a configurable USB custom database that can store over two hundred frequencies and identifiers.

John shared that the TY96A radio is already popular with company pilots. “Pilots love the clear and simple display and ease of adjustment”. In his role of avionics installer, John likes the challenges of juggling installs and troubleshooting aircraft, he has enjoyed installing all twenty-five radios!

“I have had zero complaints about the TY96As. Since we bond onto high energy powerlines, I am waiting to hear from our field crews of any issues with this type of electrical energy. So far, all reports have been positive.” Every certified TY96A radio meets helicopter vibration standards, in addition to a wide range of environmental approvals – including exposure to electro-magnetic interference.

Jon Roper, Marketing Manager at Trig said, “We are grateful to John and the team for sharing their positive experiences with the TY96A. General aviation pilots can get all the benefits of the slimline TY96A radio in their aircraft stack too. We wish John and the Haverfierld Team future success and safe flying.”

Trig Avionics will be at the world’s biggest aviation event, EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh from the 25th-31st of July 2022.

The company is now shipping their slimline TX56 Nav/Com, which completes the Trig stack – ideally suited to GA, experimental and light sport pilot’s needs. Additionally, a new range of Trig transponder and VHF antennas will be on show for the first time at the Trig booth.

Also, taking part in this years’ air display, the Trojan Phlyers Flight Demonstration Team will be performing. The team is supported by Trig and equipped with Trig transponders, ADS-B and VHF radios. Their two T-28 Trojan warbirds sport Trig logos. Team pilots Chip Lamb and Robert Johnson will be on the Trig booth during Tuesday and Thursday morning, ahead of their afternoon displays. Air Venture visitors are welcome to visit the Trig booth 3130, in Hangar C throughout the week.

Many pilots have already discovered that Trig’s certified products provide the best mix of features, quality and value

Trig Marketing Manager Jon Roper said, “It’s great to be shipping our TX56 Nav/Com and introducing further new antenna products to Air Venture this year. We are also delighted that the Trojan Phlyers will be thrilling the crowds with their incredible display. Their T-28 aircraft create some challenging operational conditions for our avionics, heat, vibration and pulling high levels of G, as they fly their close formation display. Come and meet Team Leader Chip Lamb and his Wingman Robert Johnson on the Trig stand, be inspired and find out how Trig can be a part of your aircraft and your flying story.”

Many pilots have already discovered that Trig’s certified products provide the best mix of features, quality and value. The company recently shared their new stack bundle – this includes a TMA44 Audio Panel, TY96A VHF Radio, TT31 Mode S Transponder and a TX56A Nav/Com with a list price of $ 10,935 ex.tax. This is a compelling option, for both homebuilders and OEMs – providing a neat slimline stack that looks great and delivers genuine value too. Trig provides upgrades for ADS-B and a CDI, if required.

The latest antenna products include two transponder antennas – the TA14 blade antenna, the TA12 compact ‘ball and rod’ type. Two new VHF antennas are also available to order – the TA10 straight VHF antenna and the TA17 angled VHF antenna. These products ensure the best performance from Trig’s range of transponder and radio hardware. Further details are available here,

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