GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Services business, the MRO division of GKN Aerospace, has gained EASA approval to conduct ADS-B Out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) modifications work on Boeing 747-400 and 757-200 & 757-300 aircraft.
The European regulator awarded the supplemental type certificate (STC) to GKN earlier this week, with the approval also covering freighter versions of the aircraft. GKN says FAA validation of both EASA STCs will follow later this quarter.
The STC will enable its services unit to help customers become compliant with the FAA and EASA mandates, which dictates aircraft operators must be equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace by January 1, 2020.
Operators are required to upgrade or replace existing ATC transponders and their GPS receivers with modified versions which meeting regulatory standards. The ruling will be mandatory for carriers in Europe, USA, the UAE and various other countries.
Like many repair specialists, Fokker is building up its ADS-Out capabilities in the run up to the January 2020 deadline as carriers look to become compliant. In the past year, it has been granted EASA and FAA STCs for the Bombardier Q400, the Airbus A320 Family and the 737 next generation aircraft.
The company says it plans to get more approvals for STCs from other airworthiness authorities.
Aviation Week’s MRO & Fleet Forecasts predicts a 10-year aftermarket value of $15.8 billion for the 747-400 variant, while the 757-200 and -300 will generate $12.8 billion over the same period.