Although U.S. and European commercial aircraft will need ADSB-Out by January 2020, GKN Aerospace estimates that roughly 80% of the widely flown Airbus A320-family jets are still not adequately equipped.
The aerospace firm has developed and certified its own ADSB-Out solution for the A320 family and will provide operators with instructions to install it, or have shops install it. If help is needed, GKN’s Fokker Services can assist with the installation, or, depending on aircraft type, install the modification at its shops in The Netherlands or in Singapore.
GKN does not expect installation to be arduous or lengthy. “Depending on the work to be performed, the basic installation will typically take about 25 man-hours,” a spokesperson says. Depending on customer requirements, the modifications could be performed in several overnights to prevent downtime of aircraft as much as possible.
GKN’s Fokker Services business can offer each customer the best customized solution for its fleet. “We have good relations with all vendors, for transponders, GPS receivers, multimode receivers, control panels and other adjacent equipment,” the spokesperson says. The support unit can also advise carriers on trade-offs among functionality, fleet commonality, aircraft downtime, price and other factors.
And although it has recently focused on the A320 family, GKN has its eye on other important equipage challenges.
The company has already developed an STC for Bombardier Dash 8s and is planning to finish ADSB-Out STCs for Boeing 737s, 747s, 757s and 767s in the second quarter of 2018. It will consider developing STCs for other models when requests come in.