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Innovative Avionics Leader uAvionix Lands Major FAA Certification

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Airbus Ventures applauds uAvionix, a world leader in communications and navigation solutions for aircraft systems, for winning validation by the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) for its impeccable standard of safety and security on its state-of-the-art flagship transponder, ping200X. With this April certification, ping200X becomes the world’s first FAA TSO certified drone transponder.

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A recent flight demonstration in North Dakota using the uAvionix SkyLine C2 infrastructure and ping200X transponder. (Source: uAvionix)

A recent flight demonstration in North Dakota using the uAvionix SkyLine C2 infrastructure and ping200X transponder. (Source: uAvionix)

“ping200X is the pinnacle of years of development, as we built a product series for use aboard unmanned aircraft and across the spectrum of general aviation,” said Christian Ramsey, President of uAvionix. “With the invaluable support from Airbus Ventures and all our partners, we’re proud to be developing a line of certified products that ensure the safety of transportation now and in the decades to come.”

uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded radio-frequency engineering, hardware, software, and cloud services to deliver the lowest SWaP and most affordable transceivers, transponders, remote identification transmitters, and receivers designed to serve an array of civil and other critical applications.

“Since our initial investment in 2017, uAvionix has become an important industry force, materializing their commitment to innovative and operational excellence,” explains Airbus Ventures Managing Partner Thomas d’Halluin. “Their latest wave of certifications validates the company’s critical work and reinforces Airbus Ventures’ commitment to further propelling uAvionix success.”

As an autonomous Venture Capital firm sponsored by Airbus SE, Airbus Ventures always welcomes opportunities to promote its portfolio companies to its mothership. ping200X was recently incorporated into Airbus SE’s High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) flight testing campaign, Zephyr, designed to give access to sustainable solar-powered stratospheric satellites and equipped with a suite of sensors to support future systems and solutions. To learn more about the uAvionix product portfolio’s latest developments, visit:

About uAvionix

uAvionix was founded with the mission of bringing safety solutions to the unmanned aviation industry in order to aid in the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into National Airspace Systems (NAS). uAvionix offers low SWaP TSO certified and uncertified avionics for General Aviation (GA), Airport Surface Vehicles and the UAS markets. The team consists of an unparalleled engineering and management team with a unique combination of experience within avionics, surveillance, airport services, UAS aircraft development, radio frequency (RF), and semiconductor industries. uAvionix is backed by investors at Playground Global and Airbus Ventures. To learn more, visit:

About Airbus Ventures

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Toulouse and Tokyo, Airbus Ventures is a fast-moving, early-stage venture capital company that independently funds and supports startups impacting the aerospace industry. Airbus Ventures has helped aspiring innovators reach new dimensions of achievement since 2015. To learn more, visit: