ADS-B out Solutions
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) technology. It is being mandated in many parts of the world and will affect aircraft flying in Europe from June 2020. ADS-B Out enables an aircraft to use precise GPS data to accurately pinpoint its position in real time and to broadcast this data – along with its identification, altitude and velocity – to surrounding aircraft and air traffic control (ATC). The information is broadcast every second and can be received by ATC ground stations as a supplement to secondary radar. Aircraft that are equipped with ADS-B In can also receive the data to provide improved situational awareness.
The upcoming EASA ADS-B Out mandate dictates that aircraft are equipped with a DO-260B Mode S transponder featuring Extended
Squitter and operating on 1090MHz. Failure to do so could result in aircraft being grounded or operations significantly disrupted.
JetSupport says that aircraft owners and operators need to be urgently planning ADS-B Out upgrades.
“It’s becoming critical now,” said Feith. “2020 is fast approaching and there are minimal slots available for MROs to do the job. It’s also likely that the costs will increase.”
For owners looking to sell their aircraft before the mandate is introduced there are also benefits of completing the upgrades.
“When you perform the ADS-B Out upgrade it’s increasing the value of the aircraft,” added Feith. “It’s ready for the future, it’s creating more availability of the aircraft so it can fly to more specific areas where ADS-B Out is already mandated. It’s likely to sell better because it’s compliant for the future.”
Customers agree with JetSupport. “ADS-B Out is already necessary in some areas of the world and we need to be able to fly there as we do not want to disappoint any of our customers”.
“Also, towards the deadline, prices will be increased by manufacturers and maintenance facilities and so it’s a good decision to start early and be ready.”