ACSS Delivers Its 10,000th ADS-B Compliant NXT™ Mode S Transponder

by L3 Commercial Aviation on 01/28/2019

– Approaching FAA ADS-B Out Mandate Sees Surge of Orders –

PHOENIX, January 28, 2019 – ACSS, an L3 and Thales company, announced today that it achieved a significant milestone, delivering the 10,000th production unit of its NXT™ Mode S Transponder family.

The impending FAA and EASA mandates requiring that all aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B Out by January 2020 and June 2020, respectively, have led to a significant uptick in orders and deliveries as operators and owners work to achieve these time frames. This milestone follows the delivery of ACSS’s 5,000th NXT unit in March 2018 since it first entered production in 2014.

“The industry has worked hard to put plans in place to meet the upcoming FAA and EASA deadlines,” said Terry Flaishans, President of ACSS. “We’ve been working closely with operators and airlines for a number of years to fully prepare them for this change, and the delivery of our 10,000th unit is testament to this. However, there are a number of smaller carriers and business jet organizations that still need to complete the necessary planning. We strongly recommend that they conclude this shortly, with the mandate now a matter of months away.”

The NXT-600/-700/-800™ Mode S Transponder family provides commercial and military aircraft and helicopters the capabilities to operate in the Next-Generation Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) airspace per the mandate set out by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other regulatory bodies.

About ACSS
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70 percent owned by L3 and 30 percent owned by Thales, is a joint venture managed by L3’s Commercial Aviation Solutions sector. ACSS designs and manufactures products for all aircraft and helicopter segments, and supports products for air transport and regional airlines, business aviation, and helicopter, General Aviation (GA) and military aircraft operators. ACSS produces avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness and efficiency for commercial and military flight operators. More than 75,000 ACSS products are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft. Thales Avionics is the exclusive air transport sales and support agent of ACSS products. For information about ACSS, visit For information about Thales Avionics, visit

About Commercial Aviation Solutions
L3 Commercial Aviation provides holistic solutions across a wide range of services to the commercial aviation industry. From check-in to touchdown, L3 Commercial Aviation’s integrated solutions work to make air travel safer, more efficient and more effective. Its expertise extends across on-aircraft avionics, integrated airport security and complete pilot training offerings. It combines products and services from L3’s Aviation Products, Commercial Training Solutions (CTS), and Security & Detection Systems business units, as well as ACSS, a joint venture of L3 and Thales. To learn more about L3 Commercial Aviation, please visit the company’s website at

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.8 billion in 2017. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

About L3 Technologies
L3 Technologies is an agile innovator and leading provider of global ISR, communications and networked systems, and electronic systems for military, homeland security and commercial aviation customers. With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2017 sales of $9.6 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at

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