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Aviation RF Cable & Antenna Analyzer Kit


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Bird's FlightHawk® RF Aviation Basic Test Kit is a rapid and accurate solution for testing antenna and cable systems in complex airframe systems. Our Cable and Antenna Analyzer assists aircraft maintenance technicians with commissioning, maintenance, and fault-finding of ground-to-air radios, airborne radios, repeaters, antennas, antenna combiners, and transmission cables.

The FlightHawk Basic is an excellent starter kit for novices and experts alike. With Bird's easy-to-use aviation testing software, maintenance personnel can test and verify all radio systems in their fleet.

Using frequency domain reflectometer (FDR) technology, you can test antennas and cables individually or as a complete system. The specially designed case includes placeholders for Bird's wideband power sensor, cabling, and adapters, catering to avionics power measurement needs while preventing foreign object damage. Expand your testing capabilities with our upgrade options.

  • 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
  • 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
  • FlightHawk-AV, Cable and Antenna Analyzer
  • SK-CAL-MN-C6, Calibration Combo
  • Hard Carrying Case


  (See the Datasheet for a complete list of specifications)

product specifications:
Item No
Item Name
FlightHawk®, Aviation RF Cable & Antenna Analyzer Kit
Range: 1 – 6000 MHz
Resolution: 1 kHz
Accuracy: ±2.5 ppm @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
–10 dB to 0 dB: ±0.6 dB
–20 dB to –10 dB: ±0.8 dB
–35 dB to –20 dB: ±3.0 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 in, 720 p
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 in x 3.6 in x 2.4 in
(195 mm x 90 mm x 60 mm)
1.98 lbs. (0.9 (kg)
Compliance: CE
EMC: Standard EN 61326-1:2006
Standard Accessories
Cable and Antenna Analyzer, Cal Combo, Stylus, AC Adapter, Hard Carrying Case, RF Cable, USB Drive, USB Adapter
Upgrade Options
Wideband Power Sensor- 5017D-AV, 100 MHz - 1.3 GHz
RF Termination - 25-T-MN, 25 W
Adapter Kit - 4240-401
Adapter, N(m) – SMA(m) - 4240-500-23
Adapter, N(m) – SMA(f) - 4240-500-10
Adapter, Avionics - 4240-443
Adapter, Avionics - 4240-444
compatible devices:
3-in-1 Calibration Standard Termination
FLIGHTHAWK Aviation Cable and Antenna Analyzer Hard Case