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MRO Providers Expand ADS-B Out Solutions With New Approvals

AerSale, GKN Aerospace and Jet Aviation have all received recent STCs to provide ADS-B Out Solutions for more aircraft types.

With the ADS-B Out deadline looming, a number of MROs have recently received supplemental type certificates (STC) from regulatory authorities to help operators comply with the mandate.

AerSale’s ADSB-Out system, AerTrak, has just been issued an STC by the FAA for installation on Boeing 757-200 series aircraft. The system was approved for Boeing 737 NG series aircraft earlier this year and the company says AerTrak will continue to be expanded to cover additional aircraft types. 

“Given the FAA’s concern over the low rate of aircraft upgrades versus the approaching deadline, AerTrak offers an easy path to ADS-B Out compliance,” says Iso Nezaj, chief technical officer at AerSale. Nezaj adds that operators of both 757 and 737 NG series aircraft appreciate AerTrak’s ability to be used with any OEM transponder or multi-mode receiver and says that its ability to seamlessly integrate with most existing avionics and cockpit controls makes the system very cost-effective.

AerSale says its AerTrak kits include all the necessary parts and can be installed by the company’s technicians at hangars worldwide. The company says this typically requires only three days of ground time. Currently, the lead time for ordering AerTrak is four weeks.

Also receiving recent approval for Boeing aircraft is GKN Aerospace. The company’s GKN Fokker Services division received an STC from EASA for its ADS-B Out modification for 737 NG aircraft.

“Our ADS-B Out modification will allow our customers to modify their aircraft very cost-effectively and with a minimum of downtime, typically during just one or two overnight checks,” says Erik Lous, product manager for ADS-B Out at GKN Fokker Services. “Furthermore, with our STC, the customer has the option to replace the existing transponders with transponders from different vendors,” he adds.

According to GKN Fokker Services, multiple customers already have ordered the 737 NG ADS-B Out modification. In addition to the 737 NB offering, the company has obtained STCs from EASA for the Bombardier Q400 and Airbus A320 family. Moving forward, GKN Fokker Services is extending the program to other aircraft types, such as the 737, 747, 757 and 767. Additionally, the company will apply for STCs from the FAA and other airworthiness authorities.

At Jet Aviation’s MRO and completions facility in Basel, Switzerland, the company has received an EASA STC for ADS-B Out compliance. The approval will allow the facility to configure and install ADS-B Out systems on 747 aircraft subject to specific equipment configurations.

“This STC demonstrates our commitment to meeting the highest safety and security standards while providing the most benefit to our customers in a timely manner,” says Estelle Thorin, Jet Aviation’s director of program management for large aircraft in Basel.

The Basel location, which houses the company’s headquarters, is an approved service center for Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream aircraft.

Operators have until 2020 to equip aircraft with an ADS-B Out system. ADS-B Out will automatically broadcast the position of aircraft to air traffic controllers via satellite and ground stations, which will allow for more efficient flow control of aircraft within a given airspace.

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