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US Air Force Pave Hawks to Get Updated ADS-B Components

By Amy Kluber | July 30, 2018
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November 9, 2007 - A Utah National Guard Soldier and 19th Special Forces member are lifted on board an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a combat search and rescue integration exercise over the Utah Test and Training Range. Members of the 34th Weapons Squadron from Nellis Air Force Base led the search and recovery training. The exercise expanded the integration with Utah's 211th Aviation Group AH-64 Apache Joint Rotary Wing, 4th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon assets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and special operations forces. Exercise participants also conducted extensive joint combat search and rescue operations against surface-to-air threats. The exercise is being run held November 6 through 15.

A Utah National Guard Soldier and 19th Special Forces member are lifted on board an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a combat search and rescue integration exercise over the Utah Test and Training Range in November 2017.

The U.S. Air Force has chosen FreeFlight Systems to provide FAA-mandated collision-avoidance systems for the Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk, the service's primary combat search-and-rescue helicopter.

FreeFlight's 1203C satellite-based augmentation system/global navigation satellite system sensor will provide automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, or ADS-B, for the Pavehawk.

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Once installation is complete, the helicopters will be fully compliant with the FAA-mandated ADS-B equipage directive, which dictates all aircraft operating in U.S. airspace are required to have ADS-B systems that include certified position source information by Jan. 1, 2020.

The modification program has been awarded to Warner Robins, Georgia-based Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Corp. It includes the installation of the sensor and the APX-119 Mode S Extended Squitter transponder with Mode 5 capability for the ADS-B out solution on more than 100 helicopters, according to FreeFlight.

FreeFlight's 1203C system is employed on commercial airline, military and business aviation fixed-wing and rotorcraft.

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