MGL Integrates Sandia Mode-C Transponder with EFISes

MGL Avionics announced the integration of the Sandia Aerospace STX 165R Remote Mode-C transponder with the following EFISes for Experimental and Light Sport Aircraft:
- MGL XTreme
- MGL Odyssey
- MGL Voyager
- MGL iEFIS Touchscreen

The STX 165R is a lightweight, low-cost, 200-watt, remote-mount Mode-C transponder. Through two data wires, the MGL EFISes are able to display transponder status, send encoded altitude to the STX 165R, control mode (OFF/STBY/ON/ALT), and adjust Squawk code and Ident.

MGL Avionics suggests this is a way of meeting the FAA transponder requirements in the U.S., where only Mode-C is required for recreational Part 91 flight. The ability to mount the transponder closer to its antenna and farther away from other avionics in the aircraft is an advantage for homebuilders trying to lay out a clean and interference-free panel.

The STX 165R retails for $1,550. It weighs 1.16 pounds and uses 200 mA of power. It measures 3.5x1.8x6.9 inches.

For more information on the XTreme EFIS, visit www.mglavionics.com/html/xtreme_efis.html, or call 877/835-9464.

For more information on the Sandia STX 165R Transponder, visit www.sandia.aero, or call 505/341-2930.

Suzanne B. Bopp is Associate Editor for KITPLANES magazine.

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