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DATAIR-400/M3 Handheld ARINC 429 Tester

The DATAIR-400/M3 is the next generation of the previous DATAIR-400/TR ARINC 429 handheld Tester.

The DATAIR-400/M3 is aimed at providing the user with an easy to use first line diagnostic tool for testing and troubleshooting ARINC 429 avionics systems. It allows the user to connect to an ARINC 429 data bus and easily view the active ARINC 429 Labels on the bus or to generate up to 150 ARINC 429 test words to simulate a specific test. The receiver will automatically adapt to and display the bus bit rate.

The DATAIR-400/M3 ARINC 429 Tester is a Hand Held unit that comprises an 8 line by 21 character backlit LCD, an alphanumeric keypad, a microprocessor controlled ARINC 429 receiver, transmitter board with a detachable rechargeable battery pack.

The DATAIR-400/M3 instrument and accessories are supplied in a flite case, Part Number: DATAIR-400/M3/FC.

DATAIR-400/M3 Handheld ARINC 429 Tester Detail

The DATAIR-400/M3 features data entry in engineering units format for transmitted ARINC 429 data. Data values for up to 150 labels can be entered and the values and configuration can be stored in one of ten user profiles for easy and fast recall for different projects.

Standard labels held in non-volatile ROM can be recalled and saved as custom labels if required. These special labels can override the standard definitions if required. These custom labels can be suspended or deleted altogether if they are no longer required. The customised labels are also separated by the Hex ID -  Equipment Identifier as there can be multiple different definitions of the same label value.

We provide a software utilty for users that would prefer to define their custom engineering unit Labels on a PC. Further information can be found HERE.

DATAIR-400/M3 Handheld ARINC 429 Tester Specifications

The DATAIR-400/M3 has the following features:

Receiver features:
  • Label search of active ARINC 429 labels
  • Bus monitor displaying Bus Speed (“Hi” (100kHz) or “Lo” (12.5kHz), SSM, SDI, bits 29 ~ 11 in binary and hexadecimal, Parity and Label rate in mS.
  • Bus monitor displaying selected label in engineering units (BCD and BNR).
  • Automatic reception of Lo or Hi ARINC 429 bit rates
  • Standard ARINC 429-15 Label definitions for Rx included -  selection by Equipment ID code.
  • User definable and custom ARINC 429 label definitions – with save, suspend or delete.
  • Automatic preservation of setup between power downs
  • Opto-coupled isolated inputs

Transmitter features:
  • Standard ARINC 429-15 Label definitions for Tx included -  selection by Equipment ID code.
  • User definable and custom ARINC 429 label definitions – with save, suspend or delete.
  • Up to 10 Transmitter profiles for saving various configurations for use in the Lab / Workshop.
  • Data entry in binary, Hexadecimal or engineering Units (BCD and BNR)
  • On/Off toggling of individual data bits 11 through 29
  • Editable SSM field values.
  • Editable Parity.
  • Editable Inter-Word Gap (IWG) from 2-bits to 255-bits
  • Real time update of transmitted data
  • Transmission of up to 150 labels at user selectable repetition rates.
  • Individual label transmission interval (10,20,50,100,200,500 and 1000 mS) word rates
  • Single shot mode
  • Selectable (Lo, Mid (50kbps) or Hi speed) bit rate
  • Non-volatile memory storage

Other features:
  • An 8-line by 21-character backlit display with 1 minute timeout.
  • Rechargeable detachable battery, 8 hour life on single charge
  • Can be powered from an external 6V DC power adapter
  • Standard D9 plug connector with supplied test leads for connecting to ARINC 429 busses
  • Alphanumeric keypad for data entry
  • Custom Label definitions
  • Imperial or Metric scaling switch for engineering units.
  • The software on the unit can be upgraded via USB/RS232 using supplied cable.
  • Flite case available with pre-cut foam to hold the instrument and accessories
  • Full EMC Compliance to European (CE) directive.
  • Weight: 750g (with batteries fitted).
  • External supply: 3 to 7.5 volts DC @ 270mA (at 3V).
  • External DC Connector: 3.5mm Jack. Note: The Tip of the Plug is +6V.
  • Environmental: 0 to 50 ºC (operating).
  • Many more features to come...

ARINC 429 RECEIVER:  
Input: Opto-coupler isolated input
Voltage levels (Line A to B):-  
HI +6 to 12V
NULL +2.5 to -2.5V
LO -6 to -12V
Bit rates:-  
Low Speed 8 to 18 kbps
Mid Speed 40 to 60 kbps
High Speed 80 to 125 kbps
   
ARINC 429 TRANSMITTER:  
Output: Industry standard line driver
Output impedance: 75 ±5 Ω (Line A to B)
Voltage levels (Line A to B):-  
HI +10 to ±1V
NULL 0 to ±0.5V
LO -10 to ±1V
Bit rates:-  
Low Speed 12.5 kbps
Mid Speed 50 kbps
High Speed 100 kbps
Word rate 10 to 1000mS
Parity ODD, EVEN, NONE.
Mass:  
Weight 0.55kg
Dimensions 22.9H x 9.7W x 5.4D CM
Power requirements:  
Input 6V DC @ 300mA external OR 4.8V @ 2200mAH NiMH battery
Environmental:  
Operating temperature 0 to 50 °C (Indoor use only)
Relative Humidity 0% to 85%


All units are designed to meet the European and US EMC regulations.

DATAIR-400/M3 Handheld ARINC 429 Tester Downloads

 download    NEW >>> Click here to download DATAIR-400/M3-V13 User Manual

Updated 15th September 2016
       
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Download the Brochure for the DATAIR-400/M3

Updated 19th April 2016
       
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DATAIR-400/M3 V1.22 Firmware Update              (23rd Sept 2016).
Tx Parity bug corrected. Global Tx Rate. Label name edit.
       
download DATAIR-400/M3 V1.21 Firmware Update              (2nd Sept 2016).
Cosmetic improvements to screen layouts.  
       
 download     DATAIR-400/M3 V1.2 Firmware Update                (7th June 2016). Hexadecimal Bus Search, Hesadecimal Transmit Data Entry. 
       
download DATAIR-400/M3 V1.11 firmware update                (18th April 2016).
Cosmetic improvements to screen layouts.
       
download DATAIR-400/M3 V1.1 firmware update                  (1st April 2016).
50kHz ARINC 429 Tx/Rx rate added. 
       
download DATAIR-400/M3 V1.0 firmware update                  (7th February 2016).
Initial release 

DATAIR ARINC 429 Tester