Bird FlightHawk

Bird FlightHawk

Aviation RF Cable and Antenna Analyser Kit

Avoid the Aircraft on Ground (AOG) downtime and expense that results from trial and error testing and component swapping.

Bird’s FlightHawk RF Aviation Test Kit combines a unique set of components specifically designed for avionics testing and measurement. In a single rugged case, the kit includes the proven antenna and cable testing functionality of the FlightHawk handheld analyser, Bird’s wideband power sensor – designed specifically to test aircraft RF systems and power measurement, and all necessary adapters and cabling. In addition, Bird’s easy to use aviation testing software will allow anyone on the maintenance team to test and verify all antenna systems in the fleet.

The Aviation Test Kit offers an intuitive user experience for both experienced and beginner RF maintenance crews. Based on aircraft OEM specifications, technicians can locate RF cable, connector and antenna problems at the source with clear visual indicators as to the pass/fail status of the system.

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  • Test RF cables & antennas at the frequency of operation
  • Locate RF cable, connector & antenna problems at the source
  • FDR (Frequency Domain Reflectometry) measurement method results in a highly reliable assessment of the health of critical components in your system; ultimately providing a “heads-up” before a failure occurs
  • Fault location or DTF mode plots VSWR or Return Loss levels at each distance point along the cable and antenna system length
  • Cable Loss function measures insertion loss of the cable system over a given frequency range
  • OTG USB communication port for connection to Bird power sensors, storage devices and battery charging
  • Includes the Bird RF Meter App
Critical measurements
  • FDR trace of precision return loss vs. frequency
  • Return loss vs. distance
  • Voltage standing wave ratio ( VSWR)
  • Cable loss and distance-to-fault (DTF) measurements
Kit components
  • FlightHawk-AV, Cable and Antenna Analyser
  • 5017D-AV, 100 MHz – 1.3 GHz Wideband Power Sensor
  • 25-T-MN, 25W RF Termination
  • SK-CAL-MN-C6, Calibration Combo
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • 4240-401, Adapter Kit
  • 4240-500-23, Adapter N(M) – SMA(M)
  • 4240-500-10, Adapter N(M) – SMA(F)
  • 4240-443, Avionics Adapter
  • 4240-444, Avionics Adapter
Product specifications:

Range: 1 – 6000 MHz
Resolution: 1 kHz
Accuracy: ±2.5×10-6 @25 °C

Output Power
-10 dBm, typical

Trace Noise Magnitude
IFBW 1kHz: 0.05 dB rms

Speed: 1 ms / data point
Points: 51 to 3201

Measure Bandwidth
100 Hz to 30 kHz

Temperature Stability
0.01 dB/°F (0.02 dB/°C)

Return Loss Measurement Range
0 dB to -60 dB

0.01 dB

VSWR Measurement Range
1.0 to 65.0

Cable Loss Measurement Range
0 dB to 30 dB

DTF Range
0 to 5000 ft. (0 to 1500 m)

Corrected Directivity
> 38 dB

Maximum Input Voltage

Immunity to Interfering Signals
+13 dBm

Power Measurement

Reflect Amplitude Accuracy
–15 dB to 0 dB: 0.4 dB
–25 dB to –15 dB: 1.5 dB
–35 dB to –25 dB: 4.0 dB

USB Type-C, USB 3.0
Test Port Connector: N-type, Female 50 Ohms

Operating: 14 to 131 °F (–10 to +55 °C)
Storage: -40 to 176 °F (-40 to +80 °C)
Battery Charging: 32 to 95 °F (0 to +35 °C)

5.5″, 720p

English, Chinese, Spanish

Type: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Operating Time: 10 hours typical
Charging Time: 5 hours typical

Storage Capacity
Thousands of traces and setups

Recommended Calibration Interval
2 years

7.7″ x 3.6″ x 2.4″
(195 x 90 x 60 mm)

1.98 lbs. (0.9 (kg)

Compliance: CE
EMC: Standard EN 61326-1:2006
Safety: Standard EN 61010-1:2001

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