The IC-A220T, Icom’s next generation 8.33kHz* air band panel mount transceiver, is now TSO / ETSO approved** and available for sale. The long awaited successor to the manufacturer's celebrated IC-A200 provides effective radio communication in the air and features a slim stylish design, bright white display, enhanced squelch control and easy installation for pilots.
The IC-A220T has a large, bright organic light emitting diode (OLED) display with white key backlighting. An auto-dimmer function adjusts the OLED's brightness for ideal daytime or night-time operation. The ICA220T also features one-action squelch operation and automatic/manual squelch control. The IC-A220T has the same dimensions as many previous panel mount radios such as the popular IC-A200. It can be installed into a standard panel radio slot allowing for a trouble free upgrade. The radio features a standard D-SUB 25 connector on the rear panel. An MBA3 adaptor is available to convert to the radio card edge connector, allowing for further flexibility and ease of installation. (This adaptor is sold separately)
The IC-A220T meets 8.33kHz requirements for aircraft radio which will be enforceable from 1 January 2018
The IC-A220T radio is TSO certified for a Class 23 (CS-23A) fixed wing aircraft - Normal Category airplane 1494 registered in the UK as of 1st Jan 2016 Following an agreement between EASA and the FAA, from the 2nd March 2016, each organisation now mutually recognises TSO/ETSO approvals for certain aircraft products, which includes VHF radio communications equipment. In Europe there is no longer a requirement for a manufacturer to separately approve a piece of equipment that holds a TSO; the equipment can be installed and used as if it has the corresponding EASA approval. Further details on the scheme are at EASA website.
Auto Squelch Function
The squelch sensitivity is automatically adjusted in accordance with the noise level to eliminate annoying background noise and unwanted signals.
Quick Squelch Adjustment
The auto and manual squelch including squelch level can be quickly accessed with the Volume knob. The squelch test function temporarily opens the squelch and allows you to monitor signals.
The auto dimmer function sets display and key backlighting brightness. The IC-A220’s high sensitivity light sensor covers a wide illumination range.
External Dimmer Control
By connecting to an external dimmer control system on the aircraft, the IC-A220’s dimmer function can be linked with the aircraft dimmer level. The external dimmer control can be used on either 13.8 V or 27.5 V electrical systems.
The IC-A220 has a built-in voice activated intercom function allowing the pilot to talk with the copilot via the headset. The IC-A220 has adjustable audio level and squelch control functions.
The IC-A220 has 20 memory channels and 20 history memory channels respectively. Often used memory channels can be instantly recalled. Group memory channels are organized into 10 memory channels by 5 groups (total 50 channels). Weather channel scanning function searches for weather channel signals.
8.33 kHz Channel Spacing
The IC-A220 allows switching between 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz frequency steps in the menu mode. * Use of 8.33 kHz channel spacing may be prohibited depending on country.
Remote Control Capability
You can remotely control the FLIP-FLOP (frequency exchange), intercom and recall switches via the rear panel connector.
9 V Power Supply Operation
As the TSO specifications require, the radio continues to work with the reduced power supply voltage.
To improve operability, menu items are divided into two modes, a settings menu and a configuration menu. Seldom-changed settings can be set in the configuration menu, while normal settings can be made in the settings menu.
• Dualwatch and priority watch functions
• One touch access to 121.5 MHz emergency frequency
• Both 13.8 V and 27.5 V electrical systems compatible
• Side tone function for monitoring your voice with a headset
• ANL (Automatic noise limiter) function reduces pulse type noise
• D-SUB 25-pin connector and MIL-Spec M39029/63-368 compliant socket pins
• Slim 33 mm (1.3 inch) height can be installed in a limited panel space