Aeroflex ALT-8000 FMCW/Pulse Radio Altimeter Flightline Test Set

Product Overview:

  • Tests FMCW radio altimeters including CDF types
  • Tests pulse radio altimeters (non-pulse compression types)
  • Direct-connect to UUT T/R or to installed system via antenna couplers
  • Full RF loop test allows TX, RX, Antenna or Feeder faults to be identified
  • Multi-channel operation (via additional test sets)
  • Programmable multi-leg climb/descend profiles
  • Large touch-screen display with simple user interface
  • Remote control interface USB/LAN
  • Lightweight and compact about 10 lbs. (4.5 kg)
  • Battery 4 hours plus duration

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Aeroflex's ALT-8000 is the world's first and only RF-based portable radio altimeter flightline test set. It weighs approximately 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) with a large 12-inch color touch-screen, making it easy to use. The ALT-8000 is a universal test set for 4.3 GHz FMCW (frequency modulated continuous carrier wave) radio altimeters and pulse radio altimeters. The simulator is also designed to be software upgradable.  For military applications, see the ALT-8015.

General
The user interface is Windows™ based and provides various pages for control of the test set and display of parametric measurements including: TX power, TX frequency (center), sweep rate, TX pulse width (pulse systems).

Profiles
The Profile page allows the user to create, save, recall or delete named profiles. Each profile is comprised of individual legs. Start, stop altitudes and rates are definable for each leg. A profile can then be executed to simulate a complete landing approach including flare out or a take-off and departure.

RF Coupling
The supplied antenna couplers allow the radio altitude system to be quickly verified without access being required to test ports on the UUT LRU. The RF looped test verifies TX frequency, power, sweep rate, and RF level control provides the means to test UUT sensitivity.

Setup
The setup page allows system, user and RF connection parameters to be set by the user, including RS-232, AID, RF cable loss and altitude offset.

Available through your GSA Supplier

Dimensions

Size:

Test set only 10.6”H x 13.9”W x 3.4”D 27.0 cm x 35.5 cm x 8.7 cm

w/ standard access. 12” H x 30.5”W x 22.5”D 30.5 cm x 77.5 cm x 57.2 cm

Weight:

  • 15.5 lbs. (test set only)
  • 62 lbs. (shipping weight)

Environmental

Operational Temp -20° to 55°C

Storage Temp -30° to 71°C

Altitude ≤ <10,000

Test Set Certifications

MIL-PRF-28800F, Class 2

MIL-STD-810F

UL

CE

For complete certification list , see Product Specification Sheet

More Product Information

  • Tests military pulse radio altimeters: AN/APN-171(V), AN/APN-194(V) and AN/APN-209(V), including LPI variants
  • Tests FMCW radio altimeters including CDF types
  • Fast detector for tracking LPI radio altimeters with TX power management
  • Direct-connect to UUT transmit/receive port or to installed system via antenna couplers
  • Ratio-metric RF loop test allows TX, RX, antenna or feeder faults to be identified
  • Programmable multi-leg climb/descend profiles
  • Large color touch-screen display with simple user interface
  • Remote control interface (Ethernet)
  • Lightweight and compact <10 lbs. (4.5 kg)
  • Battery 4 hours plus duration
  • Software upgradeable

  • Mode S level 1-4, (level automatically determined), FAR Part 43 appendix F, (including proposed Eurocontrol extension), Eurocontrol Elementary and Enhanced Surveillance
  • Quickly and easily provides accurate measurement of transponder transmitting frequency, power and receiver sensitivity. Predetermined configurations for testing any class of transponder.
  • ICAO Annex 10 amendment 77
  • ADS-B TX/RX
  • TIS
  • IFF Modes 1 & 2 and TACAN
  • Tests any DME 1 MHz spaced X or Y channel. Measurements include: interrogator transmitter frequency/peak power, Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF), P1/P2 width and pulse spacing. Provides accurate range and velocity simulation, station ident, squitter control.
  • TACAN Test Modes; T/R Norm, T/R Range Only, T/R Inverse, A/A Beacon, A/A Range Only and A/A Inverse
  • Simulates the airborne environment necessary to allow verification/certification of proper operation of an aircraft’s TCAS I and II as well as E-TCAS installations.
  • Detachable directional antenna
  • Large 5.7-inch LCD display
  • Simple user interface
  • Lightweight at less than 8 lbs.

  • Accurate measurement of 121.5/243 MHz emergency beacon transmitter frequency, output power, modulation (AM). Headphone audio output to monitor swept tone *
  • Accurate measurement of 406 MHz COSPAS/SARSAT emergency beacon transmitter frequency, output power. Decode and display of all location and user protocols *
  • Accurate measurement of HF transmitter, frequency, output power, modulation (AM and SSB USB/LSB) receiver sensitivity
  • Accurate measurement of VHF/UHF transmitter, frequency, output power, modulation (AM and FM and receiver sensitivity)
  • Generation of ARINC 596 Selective Calling Tones
  • Accurate measurement of VHF/UHF antenna and or feeder SWR (Standing Wave Ratio)
  • Simulation of Localizer and Glideslope (CAT I, II and III) signals with variable DDM settings
  • Swept Localizer DDM for coupled Auto Pilot testing (Simultaneous Localizer, Glideslope and Marker signals)
  • Simulation of Marker Beacon, Selectable Airways (Z), Outer and Middle Marker Tones
  • Guided Test capability cuts down total test time

  • Individual test modes: Mode S, ATCRBS Transponder, DME, TCAS, TIS, ADS-B MON/ ADS-B GEN (DO-260A/B), 978MHz UAT
  • Large keys for gloved operation
  • Simple user interface
  • Lightweight and compact at 8 lbs.
  • Battery operation 6 hours plus between charges
  • Fully FAR part 43 appendix F compliant
  • Transponder Auto-Test
  • Data dump of transponder test results to PC
  • Elementary and Enhanced Surveillance parameters (DAP’s)
  • Transponder level automatically determined and capability checked to avoid nuisance Auto-Test failures
  • Comprehensive GICB test
  • Configuration files for different classes of transponder
  • Comprehensively tests any DME channel
  • including track sensitivity
  • User selectable TCAS scenarios
  • TCAS fast scenario feature uses Auto Altitude and Converge to ensure automatic collision at zero range
  • Over-the-air or direct-connect operation
  • Parametric measurements including TX power and frequency
  • USB flash drive software update via web site download
  • Optional ADS-B capabilities are DO-260A/B compliant
  • Optional TCAS and 978 MHz UAT capability
  • Optional testing using UC-584 Coupler

  • 500 MHz- 4 GHz bandwidths
  • Up to 40 GS/s sample rate
  • MAUI with OneTouch
    • Designed for touch
    • Built for simplicity
    • Made to solve
  • Advanced Tools
    • Jitter and Timing Analysis Capabilities
    • WaveScan – Search and Find
    • LabNotebook Documentation and Report Generation
    • History Mode – Waveform Playback
  • Optional Software Packages
    • Advanced Customization
    • Digital Filtering
    • Spectrum Analysis
    • Device and Switching Power Supply Analysis
    • Comprehensive set of serial data analysis, debug, validation and compliance tools
  • 16 digital channels with 1.25 GS/s
    • Analog and Digital Cross-Pattern Triggering
    • Digital Pattern Search and Find
    • Analog and Digital Timing Measurements
    • Logic Gate Emulation
    • Activity Indicators

  • Low-profile design - <2U (3.5”)
  • 1, 2.5, and 4 GHz bandwidths
  • Up to 40 GS/s sample rate
  • Deep Memory - up to 128 Mpts
  • Fully software-compatible with the WaveRunner 8000
  • Remote connectivity via LAN, USBTMC, and GPIB (optional)
  • Rackmount kit and removable SSD standard
  • Same powerful, deep toolbox of WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscopes
  • Support for ProBus active probes

The TFD8000 is composed of a chassis/backplane and a large library of plug-in features that include:
  • Frequency Synthesizers
  • SA-ASM or CA code GPS receivers
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) Time Server
  • Status Alarm Monitor
  • Quartz, Rubidium, Cesium Oscillator choices
  • Time Code Outputs
  • Dual/Triple redundancy with Automatic Switchover
  • Hot Swappable Modules
  • 1-5-10 MHz Outputs
  • T1/E1 Frequency Outputs 

  • Software-driven design allows for field updates for adding new features, capability or modifications due to industry changes
  • TCAS and ADS-B Target Generator
  • Simulates 32 dynamic/400 static intruders
  • ADS-B squitter encode/decode
  • More test capability than any tester in the market, all packed into one box
  • Pulse and frequency measurement
  • Transponder test option for Modes A, C, S
  • Optional Command set emulation for SDX-2000, ATC-1400A and S-1403DL
  • 10.4 inch touch screen LCD display for operator control of all test set capabilities or can be remotely controlled via GPIB or Ethernet
  • Four port antenna simulation
  • Hybrid surveillance
  • Six independent transmitters and two receivers
  • Data parsing for analysis

  • DoD AIMS 03-1000A Mark XIIA (Mode 5 level 1 and 2) certified *
  • Transponder Test Set Modes 1, 2, 3/A, C, 4, S, and Mode 5 * (Level 1 & 2)
  • Mode S Elementary and Enhanced Surveillance
  • Interrogator Test Set Modes 1, 2, 3/A, C, 4, S, TCAS, ETCAS and Mode 5 * (Level 1 & 2)
  • Self-diagnostic
  • Factory upgrade kits available for APM-424(V)3 and TS-4530 units
* APM-424(V)5 only

Cobham (formerly AEROFLEX)

Aeroflex is a leading worldwide provider of highly specialized test and measurement equipment and microelectronic solutions.

Our customers have complex, high-performance requirements and are predominantly found in the aerospace, defense, wireless mobile, broadband communications and advanced manufacturing markets. Founded in 1937 and now with 2,950 employees worldwide, Aeroflex has developed substantial intellectual property through decades of collaborative design, manufacturing, R&D and service experience with customers. Aeroflex customers depend on our unique expertise to validate the high quality and high performance of their products and get to market faster.

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