To advance the development of regional and Urban Air Mobility, leading companies, universities, and research institutions as well as municipalities and organizations are joining forces to form the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI). The members of the Air Mobility Initiative include f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS, Airbus, City of Ingolstadt, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Flugsicherung, Diehl Aerospace, Droniq, Munich Airport, Red Cross and Telekom. This initiative, which is funded by the Free State of Bavaria and the Federal Republic of Germany, will set up a series of research projects aimed at making electric air mobility within and between cities a reality. The joint projects are centered around three main areas: electric aircraft, air traffic management services, and vertiports, meaning the necessary infrastructure on the ground.
“The rapid advances in the area of Urban Air Mobility and the identification of more possible use cases are increasing the demands regarding the requirements for a reliable network of drones and air taxis within the U-space, for air traffic control and the surrounding air traffic. We would like to break new ground and provide a significant contribution with our new communication products to allow a safe integration of advanced airborne vehicles in the expanding air traffic system”, says Dr. Marc Gerlach, Project Manager of the AMIUS project at f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS.
The contributions of f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS as part of the AMIUS project include the development of a basic device with the components 5G modem, GNSS, ADS-B In/Out, radar transponder, router and computer unit. Thus, U-space services and flight safety functions will be implemented and additional communication options for the transmission of payload data will also be offered.
As always, f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS will be presenting its product portfolio in the areas of airborne and ground radios as well as Mode S Transponders at AERO 2022 in Hall B1 / Stand 102.
The market launch of the TM350 starts at the AERO, a completely newly developed compact avionics module for airspace surveillance and proximity warning with the aim of increasing situational awareness.
The TM350 can easily be installed in the aircraft as a black box. For this purpose, the TM350 has been qualified under RTCA DO-160 for environmental conditions and meets all currently applicable CE standards.
The system decodes all currently evaluable transmissions from other aircraft (Mode A/C, Mode S, ADS-B and FLARM®) in order to show the pilot as complete an air situation picture as possible. The evaluation of the traffic information is made available to external displays (e.g. FLARM® V3, LX TX) and common navigation APPs (e.g. SkyDemon, ForeFlight, VFRnav) via serial interfaces and two parallel WiFi® connections.
In conjunction with a suitable Mode S transponder, the TM350 forms a full ADS-B IN/OUT system, which broadcasts its own position and receives the position of other aircraft. The combination with the f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS Mode S Transponder TRT800H/A is optimized for particularly easy integration.
The special feature of the TM350 is that the less expensive standard version already contains a FLARM® beacon, which means that FLARM® signals are always transmitted. In this version, the TM350 only evaluates the signal strength of received FLARM® signals during reception and generally outputs an approximation without position information. If required, the TM350 can be expanded to a complete FLARM® system at any time. In this case, the exact position information is then also evaluated.
As a leading manufacturer of aircraft radios and Mode S transponders, f.u.n.k.e AVIONICS now offers its customers another component for an integrated avionics system with the TM350. Further information can be found at www.funkeavionics.de/tm350
f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS has received an order from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich for the specification, development and qualification of a mission computer.
With the project “Research Laboratory for Mission Technologies (MissionLab)”, the university intends to set up an experimental environment with which mission technologies are to be investigated, the use of which will determine the performance of military aircraft to a considerable extent in the future. The aim of the project is to strengthen the Bundeswehr’s ability to analyze, assess, make decisions and make demands. As part of the project, a mission computer is to be developed that serves as a platform for the experimental software functions provided by the university, has interfaces for various subsystems of the aircraft and is compatible with the corresponding installation and operating requirements.
The current assignment includes the specification of the mission computer. Development and integration into an unmanned flying platform should follow in the next 2-3 years. In the research cooperation with the university, the question of how future intelligent mission functions can be mapped to appropriate hardware and what requirements result from this should be clarified.
f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS is thus continuing the successful development of such mission systems, the best-known area of application currently being the mission computer subsystem in the military tanker aircraft of the type A310MRTT of the German and Canadian air forces.
April means AERO! Unfortunately, this rule, established over decades, does not apply again this year. The next AERO will hopefully finally happen in late April 2022, we all hunger after meeting again with all our customers and business partners.
New and available for sale is another variant from our well-proven radio product line ATR833-II. The ATR833-II-Box is a base unit without integrated control unit and, therefore, intended for installations in aircraft with very limited space behind the panel. Up to two remote control heads, type ATR833RT (either with LCD or OLED display) can be connected.
To help our customers shopping even without talks and advice from the AERO we have designed a completely new Onlineshop. In a very clear structure you will find all main units as well as the comprehensive accessories – of course you will also find special offers!. Just have a look to our Shop!
The use of a Demand-Controlled Night Marking of Wind Turbines (BNK) is requested by law in Germany from 01.07.2021. This can be achieved through a system that makes use of transponder signals of surrounding aircraft.
In co-operation with f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS Deutsche Windtechnik has developed a global and independent system for this purpose.
The transponder receiver unit x-BNK, developed by f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS, represents the core component of the overall system. This device receives signals from approaching air vehicles, performs a respective verification and activates the danger fire if needed.
At the end of an intensive test campaign over several months, including as well overflight testing via a drone around a wind turbine, the system finally received certification on the 17th of September 2020 through airsight GmbH, the first official testing authority named by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
This certification proves once more the profound know-how and long lasting experience of f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS in the field of Mode S transponder technology. The system has now entered production stage and and is ready for widespread installation in the years to come. The system is sold exclusively via our partner Deutsche Windtechnik (www.deutsche-windtechnik.com/bedarfsgesteuerte-nachtkennzeichnung-bnk).
In early 2018 f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS GmbH signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space France (TAS-F) to supply subsystems for the Uplink Station (KUS) in the frame of the South Korean Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) which is currently realised by Thales Alenia Space.
Development of the subsystems was now concluded and respective units were delivered to TAS-F.
The KUS SGS Integrity Box (IB) is part of the KASS Uplink Station. The main function of the IB is to ensure that no misleading SBAS data is provided by the GEO satellite. It compares the uplink messages received from the KUS SGS Core Computer with the downlink messages received from the receiver.
Developed under TAS-F Design Authority, which owns the IPR, the KUS SGS Signal Generator (SG) is part of the KASS Uplink Station as well. The main function of the SG is to generate the L1 and L5 RF signals which are used for uplink of SBAS correction data to the GEO stationary satellite. The code and carrier phases of these signals have to be steered for time synchronization and compensation of signal propagation effects.
The project covered the development of the complete hardware. The data processing was implemented on a FPGA. The specification, design and verification was conducted according to design assurance levels B (DAL-B) requirements. Detailed qualitative and quantitative analyses for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) have been performed. This included Failure Mode and Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Fault Tree Analyses (FTA) and Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) calculations.
WIth this project f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS has shown its profound know-how and experience in developing challenging technical subsystems according to customers specifications. The resulting SIgnal Generator, in particular, is indeed the first European Signal Generator to enter the world of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems.
It is expected that these technical solutions will be used in the future for the realisation of similar implementation projects all over the world.