National Flight Centre selects Trig to enhance operational safety
The apron at Weston Airport is buzzing, as Darragh Owens, Head of Training at Ireland’s National Flight Centre Pilot Academy welcomes a new Integrated ATPL class to the flight line.
The Pilot Academy provides professional training to over 50 full time and 200 part time students. With a fleet of seventeen Cessna aircraft, Beechcraft twins, and two helicopters, NFC has selected Trig Avionics for Mode S surveillance and ADS-B Out electronic conspicuity across their fleet.
Darragh explained, “Our base at Weston Airport is located within a complex airspace environment, situated in the Dublin terminal area, southwest of the main city airport. We also have a busy military airfield nearby. Mode S and ADS-B will significantly enhance visibility, both to other aircraft and to three different ATC services, with whom we collaborate in maintaining safe separation and operational efficiency.”
“We fully assessed Trig ADS-B Out equipment in two aircraft, and it delivered excellent results, at a manageable cost”
ADS-B Out reduces the risk of air-to-air collision, but Darragh also shared other advantages of this investment for NFC. “Mode S and ADS-B allows us to track flightpaths further afield, resulting in more accurate estimates of arrival and departure times. This technology enables data generation which will aid the analysis of operational efficiency and allow us to track incidents or other safety-related events, if they occur.”
Having considered various options, NFC selected Trig TT31 transponders each installed with a TN72 GPS Position Source. Darragh said, “This set up uses an external transponder antenna providing a strong, reliable output – it’s simple and just works as soon as the Master Switch is turned on. We fully assessed Trig ADS-B Out equipment in two aircraft, and it delivered excellent results, at a manageable cost. We now plan to dedicate a large screen in flight operations, giving staff overall visibility of the entire fleet, this will integrate with our scheduling software. The published inbound and outbound tracks from our home base are narrow – they require precise flying and excellent situational awareness by our pilots and by ATC. These functions in the Trig equipment will greatly enhance that.”
Coming out of the pandemic the NFC Pilot Academy is already seeing a resurgence in interest in professional careers with their latest ATPL Integrated Class. Darragh concluded, “Young people are coming forward, confident that the airline industry will grow again. I still get a thrill, to fly and assist students on the path towards their own dreams of flight. All staff and students will now benefit from the added safety that Trig equipment provides, on every flight we make.”
The AOPA Aviator Showcase will profile the best avionics and cockpit technology to pilots and aircraft owners.
The Trojan Phlyers Flight Demonstration Team are at this event to share their aviation expertise. They will also be representing and demonstrating Trig Avionics products on Booth number 14 in the Exhibition Hall, at Fort Worth Alliance Airport Texas, on the 1st of October.
The Trojan Phlyers have a growing profile, performing their amazing close formation two ship display – flying the famous T-28 Trojan warbird. Their association with Trig Avionics evolved from their proven experience of using these avionics in the toughest display conditions. Team Leader Chip Lamb explained,
“Our T-28 airplanes use Trig’s well regarded Mode S and ADS-B Out and VHF equipment. We are flying the Trig flag for our hometown crowd at this event. We rely on these certified avionics to guarantee our participation and safety at airshows. We can genuinely recommend Trig to AOPA pilots – these avionics have worked well in our Trojans, even in high temperature, high humidity, and high G airshow environment.”
Chip Lamb is a retired USAF pilot with combat experience. He extensively flew the F4 Phantom and F16 Falcon in service. His wingman, Robert Johnson is a civilian pilot, with the skills and experience to handle an airplane that weighs over four tons. The team promises speed, smoke, thunder, and excitement – all delivered as part of their unique flying routine!
Chip shared, “Sadly due to Covid travel restrictions our friends from Trig are unable to attend the showcase. We are however looking forward to meeting pilots, talking about flying and demonstrating Trig’s VHF Com radios, audio panels, navigation, and GPS equipment. As we have discovered Trig provides airplane owners with compelling features, quality and value.”
Marketing Manager at Trig, Jon Roper said, “It’s a great opportunity to meet Chip and Robert at the Aviator Showcase. Come and see Trig products and discover how flying with Trig can benefit your aircraft too.”
Find out more at www.thetrojanphlyers.com
Photo credit – Larry Ley
Seventy-five years ago, bread rationing in Britain had just been introduced. George Formby, comedian, and entertainer was awarded an OBE. Cinema queues were waiting to see ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ which was on general release.
The Light Aircraft Association was also formed in this year 1946.
Today the LAA’s core values remain – encouraging ordinary people to build and fly light aircraft for pleasure. The LAA’s 75th Anniversary takes place at Sywell Aerodrome this weekend, 3rd-5th of September. This is the largest fly-in event, post Covid, and is keenly anticipated by pilots and LAA members from across the UK.
Trig Avionics will be exhibiting at the show in stand 69, in the LAA Village area. Jon Roper, Trig Marketing Manager shared, “Our range of avionics are well suited to meet the needs of LAA aircraft owners. We will be on hand to help both new and existing customers. Of particular interest, the CAA Conspicuity Rebate Scheme has recently been extended into 2022. The Rally presents a compelling opportunity for pilots to see our certified ADS-B Out products. Our TT21 Mode S transponder and TN72 GPS, together provide a certified ADS-B Out to improve flight safety and they can attract a money saving CAA rebate too.”
Trig will have a full suite of avionics available for pilots to see at the show. For more information click on the CAA Rebate Scheme.
With the gradual lifting of Covid restrictions, pilots are keen not only get back in the air, but also to meet together again.
The Trig team will be attending two established fly-in events in August. With good weather, these events attract hundreds of pilots. Popham and Texel fly-in events are the ideal opportunity to see Trig products in a relaxed environment, whilst talking about flying of course!
Jon Roper, Marketing Manager said, “We are pilots and we like helping customers to discover how Trig products really enhance both their aircraft and their flying experience and safety.”
Ironically, at a fly-in event busy skies illustrate the value of Trig’s ADS-B Out technology. Many UK and European pilots fly with Trig transponders. The TN72 GPS Position Source is a simple and affordable upgrade. This makes an aircraft visible to others, by using ADS-B technology. Jon said, “Trig solutions are smarter, as they ensure you are visible to all ADS-B In equipped aircraft.”
The Popham Microlight Trade Show is on the 14th and 15th of August. The Trig team will be on the show ground and in the LX Avionics stand. The event is expected to herald the formal roll out of new 600kg microlights. Jon Roper said, “For all light aircraft Trig is the ideal avionics fit, in existing and new types. Our avionics are compact, simple to install and operate and right now UK pilots can still get funding from the CAA Rebate Scheme, now extended into 2022. We look forward to meeting folk at the show.”
The Texel Fly-in is on the weekend of the 21st of August. The Trig team will be delighted to meet pilots and demonstrate the benefits of Trig. Company CEO Andy Davis aims to fly to Texel from Scotland, weather permitting of course. Look out for blue Trig shirts at both these events and visit the Trig stand at Texel. Make sure to stop us and tell us all about your aircraft – we are passionate about aviation too.
Sometimes it takes time to discover an aviation ‘sweet spot’, the place that satisfies all the things we love about flying.
As Artyom Liss prepares to fly his syndicate’s vintage 1946 Auster, from Utena Aerodrome in Lithuania, he feels that he has arrived. Artyom recently completed an upgrade to this classic.
He discreetly installed a compact Trig TY91 radio and TT21 Mode S transponder. “Now I have modern avionics, whilst respecting the heritage of the aircraft. The Auster is very pleasant to fly, the 75hp Continental engine means it can cruise at 60 knots, if I ask it nicely of course!” said Artyom.
“Trig is so ubiquitous in other aircraft I have flown, reliable and intuitive – I didn’t even have to read the user manual.”
Touching down after a local flight, Artyom shared how he made the journey from flying on Microsoft Flight Sim in 1998 to flying the Auster down Utena’s final approach.
“I started gliding at Booker, just local flights, and I wanted to fly further.” Switching to powered aircraft was the next step. Artyom returned to flying after a short break, piloting a Eurostar at Rochester. “A friend offered me a flight in a Piper Cub, I was instantly hooked. The simplicity of vintage aircraft, the way they handle and the reality that you are surrounded by history is to me a great attraction.” Artyom joined the Tiger club at Damyns Hall, flying other Cubs, and beginning his conversion onto the Tiger Moth. G-ACDC. This aircraft is credited with being the oldest airframe in continuous use on the British civil aviation register, history indeed.
Work commitments took Artyom to Lithuania. Exploring what he might fly locally he was not enticed by ‘spam cans’ at the local airfield. “Amazingly, I found this Auster locally in good condition, its owner had been trying to sell it for a couple of years. It was a deal I simply could not resist. I love the quirks of the Auster, for example, the mixture control is fixed, wire locked at the factory in 1946. The fuel sight gauge is a calibrated ruler, only readable on the ground as it shakes so vigorously in the air!
When I came to fit the Trig units I found a local installer – a company called Aeroekspresas. Their engineer was enthusiastic about fitting Trig, which gave me confidence. He replaced old audio wiring and resolved an interference issue with new magneto wiring. He was also keen to try out his brand-new 3D printer: he used it to make a bespoke tray that now smartly houses the Trig radio and transponder beneath the instrument panel.”
Artyom is now Mode S and 8.33 equipped, his next aircraft improvement might be a major one, “I am seriously considering a C90 Continental engine upgrade, the extra speed and range would be appealing” Artyom said.
When every flight in the Auster is so rewarding for Artyom perhaps it’s the flight rather than the arrival that counts.