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TRIG AVIONICS LTD.

Responding to
Opportunity's Beacon

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tarting an avionics company is not something one does on a whim, because the
barriers to entry are very high," said
Andy Davis, founder and CEO of Trig Avionics Ltd. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, in
2007, the company launched its product line with
Mode S 1090-ES transponders that were the first
to satisfy the minimum operational performance
standards itemized in RTCA DO-260B, which put
them on top of the TSO 166B list of approved units
that comply with America's 2020 ADS-B/TIS-B
mandate.
January 2004 is Trig's official birthday, and it was
conceived not long after Davis read a news item in an
aviation magazine that the United Kingdom's Civil

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Trig Avionics' TY91 and TY92
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Aviation Authority was "waiting for industry to pick
up the ball and run it." The "ball" was a prototype
Mode S transponder for light aircraft. The opportunity "caught in my brain," said Davis, smiling at the
memory. "I could do that. How hard could it be?"
That last sentence is now the company's unofficial in-house slogan, according to Davis. An animated engineer who communicates with a jargon-free
vocabulary, his passion comes across as an endless
sunny day. After setting up the necessary systems
and learning about the prototype, Trig started work
on its launch product, the TT31 1090ED ADS-B
Out transponder in late 2004. "We shipped the first
product in early 2007."
Since then, Trig has introduced two VHF communication radios. They have 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz
frequency spacing, which is why they followed the
transponders. Like the Mode S transponder, tighter
frequency spacing was mandated by Europe's air
traffic management organizations so they could
safely increase the capacity of congested airspace
that maxed out the capabilities of the systems the
new avionics replace.
"As you might expect, there was a lot of pushback from the user community," especially among
pilots and owners, like himself, of light general
aviation aircraft. Most appreciated that Mode S,
which communicates in 24-bit code, assigns every
aircraft a unique, fixed code, and that its selective
interrogation and multiple information formats
make it integral to active collision avoidance sys-



Avionics News December 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Beltway Briefing
Want to be Found ... and Legal?
Member Profile
Trig Avionics Ltd.
Avionics News Through the Years
EEDirect
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Avotek Publishes New AET Study Guide
Civil UAV's
Business Basics
AEA Newsmakers at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2013 - Intro
Avionics News December 2013 - Cover1
Avionics News December 2013 - Cover2
Avionics News December 2013 - 1
Avionics News December 2013 - 2
Avionics News December 2013 - 3
Avionics News December 2013 - Point of Communication
Avionics News December 2013 - 5
Avionics News December 2013 - AEA Now
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Avionics News December 2013 - The View From Washington
Avionics News December 2013 - 15
Avionics News December 2013 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News December 2013 - 17
Avionics News December 2013 - 18
Avionics News December 2013 - Beltway Briefing
Avionics News December 2013 - Want to be Found ... and Legal?
Avionics News December 2013 - 21
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Avionics News December 2013 - 23
Avionics News December 2013 - Member Profile
Avionics News December 2013 - 25
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Avionics News December 2013 - Trig Avionics Ltd.
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Avionics News December 2013 - Avionics News Through the Years
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Avionics News December 2013 - EEDirect
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Avionics News December 2013 - A Conversation With...
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Avionics News December 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News December 2013 - Avotek Publishes New AET Study Guide
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Avionics News December 2013 - Civil UAV's
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Avionics News December 2013 - Business Basics
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Avionics News December 2013 - AEA Newsmakers at NBAA Convention
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Avionics News December 2013 - Marketplace Classifieds
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