Being in a remote location with almost no means of communicating could be a daunting experience, but not for South Africa’s PJ Aviation (Stand N3-110), which offers a rugged portable ground-to-air transceiver that is becoming popular around the world.
Collaborating with Walter Dittel Avionik in Germany, Peter How of PJ Aviation improved on the well-known KRT-2 VHF transceiver, resulting in the KRT2-TB2, said to be ideal for search and rescue, disaster management and anti-poaching. "Most air forces and ATC centres would probably remember the yellow Walter Dittel transceivers that were exported widely," says How.
"When the company stopped producing those models, Walter Dittel’s son built the KRT-2, which is Europe’s fastest selling VHF transceiver. Now we can expand this product. "While there are several handheld VHF transceivers on the market, only a high-power portable will provide adequate range and battery endurance in applications such as temporary ATC, air show control, fire-fighting, oil rigs, personnel extraction, and other situations where VHF propagation is difficult."
About 50 per cent of the new KRT2-TB2 is manufactured in South Africa. It is lightweight yet constructed of high-strength corrosion-resistant alloys, making the outer shells and face resistant to denting and salt water corrosion. Its features include a full graphic LC-display that is clear in all light conditions, including bright sunlight; 8.33kHz and 25kHz channel spacing for future compatibility; and a ‘dual watch’ mode that allows monitoring of two different channels.
The South African Air Force was the first to accept the new units, followed by air forces and airports in several countries.