Dual Format ADS-B Transponder Soon to Launch in the U.S.

German technology company introduces its systems to the American market.

TQ KTX2 transponder
The TQ KTX2 transponder has two formats to fit a variety of aircraft panel configurations.TQ Group

The German technology company TQ announced it is bringing a dual-format ADS-B transponder to EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this month. The 1090ES system can either fit into a 6 ¼-inch radio slot or a 2 1/4–inch round-gauge space, making it viable for a variety of aircraft types. TQ claims the power draw for the KTX2 is low despite the bright digital screen made to be legible in sunlight.

Installation cost should prove to be low as the system connects to an existing antenna. However, the KTX2 does not incorporate a WAAS GPS source, which is also required to comply with the ADS-B mandate for 2020.

A price for the unit has not yet been announced, but TQ said it designed the system to be affordable. It is expected to achieve EASA certification by the end of the year, followed by FAA certification.

TQ will also debut its KRT2 radio to the American market, a unit that has been installed in more than 10,000 airplanes in Europe. The KRT2 features an integrated intercom, the ability to monitor two frequencies concurrently and includes 100 memory slots for frequently used frequencies.

You can see TQ’s systems in Hangar B, Booth 2106/2107 at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, July 23 to 29.