The TX56/TX56A and TX57/TX57A – first preview of Trig’s slimline Nav/Com family
Trig Avionics has announced plans for a future Nav/Com product family, which is expected to be available to pilots in early 2019. The first preview of the product is being made now, allowing pilots to see the newly designed TX56 Nav/Com. Using a slimline form factor and innovative features the TX56 will be easy to install and use.
Trig plans to offer a special introductory list price of $ 3,195 ex. tax for the TX56A, the 760 channel version of the Nav/Com. This is certain to appeal to aircraft owners and flight training organisations looking for a high quality and great value Nav/Com. The first public showing of the TX56 range will be at EAA Air Venture in July. The European 25 / 8.33 kHz version is expected to have a list price of $ 3,495 ex. tax.
The TX56 family of products will be available with 8.33 kHz channel spacing or conventional 25 kHz spacing, with 10 watt or 16 watt transmit power. At only 33mm high the TX56 case will save valuable stack space and requires no cooling fans - consistent with Trig’s ‘Better by Design’ philosophy.
Trig CEO Andy Davis said, “For many aircraft owners the Nav/Com remains a vital piece of equipment. We are pleased to preview the TX56 - it will make access to certified Nav information widely available and will complete the Trig stack, when it becomes available in early 2019.”
Trig claims that the TX56 has a superior user interface, this starts with a high resolution display. All vital information on the TX56 is clearly presented - a display ‘sweep’ function uses a single button to shift the display emphasis from Com to Nav status. The Nav will automatically load the identifier for the selected VOR and over 200 frequencies and identifiers can be saved into the Nav database. The TX56 is dependable, with the capability of providing a fix to a second VOR, improving navigational accuracy. Full support for ILS approaches and a back button allows a back course to be selected and flown.
The TX56 has a built in digital Course Deviation Indicator. This provides a practical option, when an external CDI is not available. The TX56 comes with a built in VOR/LOC converter as standard, making it configurable with a wide range of cockpit instruments. As a natural accessory Trig will also be introducing a new CDI that will be available as a 3 inch unit called the TI106. This solid state device offers a reliable and highly legible display that is augmented by superior LED lighting. The TI106 will have a list price of $2,499 ex. tax. 10th July 2018
The TX56 com will enable VHF voice communications on both 8.33 and 25 kHz channel spacing. Features such as ‘Push Step’ provide faster tuning and the radios Dual Watch feature allows the monitoring of two frequencies at the same time. The TX56 has Trig’s popular ‘Say Again’ feature, this allows the replay of the last received transmission. A powerful and fully customisable frequency database can be created and loaded in seconds, via the front panel USB port. This removes the need for database subscription costs and provides genuine flexibility - each pilot can load their own customised radio and Nav frequencies for every flight. These features make the Trig VHF Com radio the clear choice for training fleets. The TX56’s exceptional audio quality and clarity extends to the built in two place stereo intercom which will have support for stereo music.
The higher powered 16 Watt versions, the TX57 and TX57A (760 channel version) will become available for high performance aircraft where a 28 volt supply is used. The TX57 list price is anticipated at $4,295 ex. tax and the TX57A will have a list price of $3,995 ex. tax.
The TX56 family will represent a practical retro-fit for legacy units, being compatible with existing BK, Garmin and Apollo indicators. The ability to channel a Bendix King DME will also potentially ease installation. Trig sells compatible TMA44 and TMA45 audio panels, both are fully equipped to support Nav and Com features.
Following the TX56 preview period Trig Avionics will announce firm dates in the autumn when the product family can be ordered via their Approved Trig Dealer network.