[Avionics Magazine 01-09-2017] U.S.-based business aviation aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider Duncan Aviation has introduced a new program to increase available space for operators that need Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics upgrades. The company is allotting two slots per month at each of its avionics repair and upgrade specifically for ADS-B upgrades. Operators are now allowed to reserve the scheduled slots.
A Bombardier Learjet 45 being worked on at Duncan's Lincoln, Nebraska. Photo: Duncan Aviation.
Duncan says a lot of its customers have indicated that they are planning to perform the necessary upgrades, but are not yet ready to do so, and are concerned about the anticipated lack of available capacity at certified service centers as the deadline draws nearer.
In an effort to alleviate those concerns, Duncan Aviation has set up a slot program so these customers can buy a slot to reserve a confirmed date and hangar space for their aircraft at one of its satellite avionics shops throughout the U.S.. The slot deposit will not only reserve schedule and space for one aircraft, but also the cost will apply to the ADS-B installation when that aircraft inputs.
“The domestic ADS-B mandate deadline is real, and capacity for the modification is severely limited,” says Duncan Aviation Satellite Operations Manager Matt Nelson. “We'd be remiss if we didn't advise our customers to comply with the ADS-B mandate sooner rather than later.”