|DATE: 10 March 2003|
Aeroflex Announces New IFR 4000 Navigation Communications Ramp Test Set
Now testing is easier with a menu-driven, handheld test set that costs less and weighs only 8 lbs.
Wichita, Kan. — March 10, 2003 — Aeroflex’s wholly owned subsidiary IFR (Nasdaq: ARXX), today announced the IFR 4000, a new navigation communications (NAV-COMM) ramp test set based on a completely new architecture and ergonomic design that is the platform for future IFR ramp test sets. Replacing the venerable NAV-402AP navigation communications ramp test set, the IFR 4000 is a self-contained, handheld unit designed for ramp testing, but is equally at home in bench test applications. It performs functional testing, signal generation and calibration of Marker Beacon (MKR), VHF Omnidirectional Radio Range (VOR), Instrument Landing System (ILS) and VHF/UHF Communications (COMM) avionics systems.
With its lightweight, sleek design and software that walks users through the required tests, the IFR 4000 will revolutionize NAV-COMM ramp testing. The instrument offers a new Guided Test function allowing the operator to create custom test sequences, reducing total test time.
“There is no other navigation communications test set on the market today that delivers such an outstanding combination of price, portability and ease of use,” said Jeff Gillum, director, wireless products, IFR. “The IFR 4000 is designed for easy operation, reliability, long service life and its size is especially convenient for the confined space of cockpit testing. Weighing just eight pounds, less than half the weight of the NAV-402AP, with a battery life of eight hours, the IFR 4000 is certain to replace the NAV-402AP as the new industry standard.”
About the IFR 4000 Ramp Test Set
The IFR 4000 allows accurate measurement of VHF/UHF transmitter frequency, output power, modulation (AM and FM) and receiver sensitivity, VHF/UHF antenna and/or feeder Standing Wave Ratio (SWR). It can simulate Localizer and Glideslope (CAT I, II and III) signals with variable Difference in Depth of Modulation (DDM) settings. The instrument has a Swept Localizer DDM for coupled AutoPilot testing including simultaneous Localizer, Glideslope and Marker Beacon signals, as well as simulation of VOR beacon with variable bearing. It can also generate ARINC (Aeronautical Radio, Inc.) 596 Mark 2 airborne Selective Calling tones (SELCAL), allowing a ground radio operator to alert an air crew that the operator wishes to communicate with that aircraft.
The IFR 4000 incorporates a large 5.7-inch LCD display with user-adjustable backlight and contrast. It has an internal battery for eight hours of continuous operation before recharging. Automatic power shutdown occurs after five to 20 minutes (selectable) of non-use when the AC power is not connected.
The IFR 4000 verifies the proper operation and installation of ILS, VOR and Marker Beacon receivers and VHF AM/FM and UHF AM transceivers by using eight dedicated operational modes.
IFR — The Industry Leader in Avionics Testing for Over 30 Years
For over 30 years, IFR has been the industry leader in avionics testing. IFR avionics instruments are used to design, manufacture, test and maintain commercial, private and military airborne electronic systems.
The IFR 4000 navigation communications ramp test set is available immediately. Delivery is eight weeks upon receipt of order. Click here to view the IFR 4000 product page.
Aeroflex Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art microelectronic module, integrated circuit, interconnect and testing solutions used in broadband communication applications. The Company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index. Additional information concerning Aeroflex Incorporated can be found on the Company's Web site: www.aeroflex.com.
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