BFGOODRICH PLANS to launch a low-cost traffic-alert and collision-avoidance system (TCAS) for general-aviation aircraft at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Sun 'n' Fun fly-in, which is taking place in Florida until 12 April.

The Skywatch system is aimed at high-end piston singles and twins and is expected to cost less than $25,000. It uses technology from BFGoodrich's TCAS 1 system for regional aircraft, and does not need the Mode S transponder required for TCAS 2.

The system is designed to interface with the company's WX-1000 Stormscope lightning-detector display, which provides an indication of intruder bearing, and features range scales of 3.7km (2nm) and 11km.

Deliveries to dealers are scheduled to begin in May.

Source: Flight International