Becker announces TSO certification of new AR6201 VHF-AM

Becker announces TSO certification of new AR6201 VHF-AM

10-Oct-2011 Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics announces TSO certification of its new high performance, compact 2¼-inch, AR6201 VHF-AM Transceiver, with 8.33 kHz channel spacing and integrated voice activated (VOX) intercom system. The intercom feature allows up to two passengers with a standard or dynamic mic. The AR6201 continues the legacy of its predecessor, the AR4201 VHF-AM transceiver, which set the industry benchmark for its reliability and performance. With more than 18,000 units sold, the AR4201 has been the trustworthy companion for thousands of pilots flying millions of flight-hours.

The new AR6201 is built using state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology resulting in a highly efficient transmitter and very sensitive receiver. The AR6201 represents a quantum leap forward in technology, perform­ance, technical sophistication and ruggedness.

The AR6201 operates with a frequency range of 118 MHz to 137 MHz with selectable channel spacing of 25kHz or 8.33 kHz. Standard or dynamic microphones can be used with its intercom feature. A voltage meter to measure battery voltage is built-in.

By blending a VHF-AM Transceiver and voice activated (VOX) intercom system into one single, attractive and compact unit the operator will not need to invest in a separate intercom system (up to two seats). Further, the new dual-monitor or dual-watch mode allows the unit to scan a second channel/frequency to increase situational awareness.

The AR6201 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) lighting color will be compatible with the Becker BXP6401 Transponder in ”green” and “white-blue” colors. An automated built-in-test procedure increases flight safety and reliability. The AR6201 is mountable in a 2¼-inch standard instrument recess. The AR6201 will be pin-to-pin compatible with the AR4201 to ensure easy upgrade and replacement.

Klaus Fruehwirth, VP of Sales and Marketing at Becker Avionics, stated “The new AR6201 is the ideal Ground Clearance/3rd Back-up Radio for Business Aviation. The AR6201 can be easily installed as a stand alone COM radio and wired directly to the battery bus of an aircraft as it offers an input voltage range from 11 VDC to 30 VDC (emergency down to 9 VDC).”

He continued, “With the ETSO and TSO’d AR6201 installed, flight crews can communicate for ground clearance without turning on the entire avionics system of an aircraft. In addition, the radio provides additional safety as it further can be utilized as a 3rd Back-Up COM, which not only offers 25kHz, but also 8.22 kHz channel spacing.”

The new AR6201 is ETSO and TSO certified and available now. The new AR6203 model, a 160mm variant of the AR6201, will be available in 2012.

About AR6201 VHF Transceiver

The AR6201 VHF-AM transceiver is a quantum leap forward in communication technology due to the implementation of state-of-art DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology. It is mountable in the 2¼-inch standard instrument panel recess and is equipped with a highly efficient AM-transmitter, a very sensitive receiver and a full graphic, sunlight readable LCD. Push button and display illumination can be dimmed. The AR6201 offers full 8.33 kHz frequency spacing capability, already the new international standard above FL195, and in many countries below FL195. Switching between the 8.33 and the 25 kHz mode is simple and easy. Standard or dynamic microphones can be used seamlessly. A built-in-test feature increases flight safety. The dual-monitor mode is an extra feature that allows scanning of two different channels simultaneously. The AR6201 consumes a maximum of 2A during transmit and 140mA during receive standby at 12VDC. The unit operates with an input voltage of 11-30VDC. The transmitter power output is greater than 6 watts.

The new AR6201 with its integrated intercom allows the connection of up to four headsets. The Intercom can be activated in two ways: 1. Through a discrete switching input (active low) with the (external) Intercom switch and/or, 2. Over VOX, with an adjustable VOX threshold.

The AR6201 continues Becker Avionics’ quality airborne radio product legacy into the 21st century. Certification of the unit is in accordance with ETSO-2C37e and 2C38e; TSO-C189a.  Main product features include:

  • Frequency Range: 118MHz to 137 MHz
  • Channel Spacing: 8,33 or 25 kHz
  • Channel Selection: 8.33 or 25 kHz (selectable)
  • RF-Output Power: > 6 W
  • Receiver Sensitivity: >6dB for 2µV
  • Input Voltage Range: 11 VDC to 30 VDC (emergency down to 9 VDC)
  • Operating Temperature Range: – 20 degrees C to + 55 degrees C, for short time up to + 70 degrees C
  • Current consumption: 2A @ 12 VDC (transmit), 140mA @ 12 VDC (receive standby)

About Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.

Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to: Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, Pilatus, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For further information see their web site at: or

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