Trig in Cologne – European Rotors and the AEA

The Trig team are at the European Rotors show in Cologne.

This event is the first gathering of helicopter operators and sector specialist companies in Europe, after the disruption from Covid. Trig’s range of avionics are well suited to use in rotary types, with their compact form factor and ease of integration into any helicopter panel.

Marketing Manager Jon Roper shared, “our avionics are certified to meet helicopter vibration standards, they are easy to use and durable. Helicopter operators use Trig transponders and radio products in some challenging and demanding environments, including maritime and search and rescue. We provide a great COTS product option for airframes where a high quality and affordable solution makes sense.”

Products in rotary use include Trig’s proven TY91/TY92 compact radios and TT22 Mode S and ADS-B capable transponders. The TT31 stack transponder is a popular Mode S retrofit for legacy models. Like all Trig transponders this is ADS-B Out capable and meets ETSO-C166b. Adams Aviation, Trig’s UK distributor will be representing Trig on stand A-153 in Hall K-H8.

Attendees to Cologne, who are also participating in the Aircraft Electronics Association European Connect meeting will also be able to see Trig products at this event. Jon Roper said, “Trig is proud to be a member of the AEA, the association is a great place to meet dealers and fellow colleagues in the industry. As a European company we are delighted to be in Cologne also participating in this industry event in the same week.”

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.”

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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.


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