BAE Systems is furthering its work to ensure operators of Avro RJ/BAe 146 aircraft are ready for the upcoming ADS-B Out deadline. The company has received EASA certification for ADS-B Out modification on Avro RJ/BAe 146 aircraft following its completion of the engineering and installation of the modification on two Avro RJ aircraft belonging to two separate operators.
Right on the heels of this approval, the company has also received an order for ADS-B Out modification kits from CityJet. The Irish regional airline, which has a fleet of 13 Avro RJ aircraft, is Europe’s largest operator of the aircraft type.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft, which is part of the BAE Systems group, is the Type Certificate holder for the Avro RJ/BAe 146 and continues to provide support, spares and training for the regional aircraft. According to BAE Systems, most of the ADS-B Out upgrades will be carried out while the aircraft are in for maintenance. BAE Systems will supply the approved information, service bulletin and modification kit, with deliveries planned in line with the aircraft’s maintenance and modification schedule. Installation will be carried out by operators or their designated MRO.
Moving forward, the company says it is now working to ensure all European operators of the Avro RJ/BAe 146—as well as operators outside Europe that fly into European airspace—are equipped with the modification by the mandated ADS-B compliance date. BAE Systems says it is investigating the possibility of obtaining FAA and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) validation of the modification.
Under BAE Systems’ EASA Part 21G and J approvals, the company is able to engineer and arrange the installation of ADS-B upgrades to other aircraft types. The company says it is currently looking into solutions for other aircraft platforms.