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Aviation RF Cable & Antenna Analyzer Kit


Minimize AOG Downtime

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

Bird's FH-AV-BASIC, FlightHawk™ RF Aviation Basic Test Kit provides rapid and accurate testing of multiple antenna and cable systems in complex airframe systems. Our SiteHawk™ 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.

FlightHawk Basic is excellent starter kit for the Novice to Expert, Bird’s easy to use aviation testing software enables maintenance personnel to test and verify all the radio systems in your fleet. By utilizing an inspection technique called frequency domain reflectometer (FDR), you can test and verify the antennas and cables in your RF system individually or as a complete system.

If you want to expand your testing capabilities, this special designed case has placeholders for Bird’s wideband power sensor, needed cabling and adapters –specifically to fit avionics power measurement needs. Also prevents FOD (foreign object damage) from unaccounted equipment. *See 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
–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 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