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Has the Rush Begun for ADS-B Compliancy?

By Kendall Russell | May 12, 2017
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Aireon ADS-BAt least one operator has seen an influx of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) installations ahead of the FAA's 2020 mandate deadline.

In the first quarter of 2017, Duncan Aviation has completed 47 ADS-B installations and has an additional 51 scheduled for the second quarter. As a result of recent comments by FAA Acting Deputy Administrator Victoria Wassmer, Duncan noted it has seen an uptick in the number of ADS-B upgrades scheduled for the third and fourth quarters of 2017.

With 27 avionics satellite shops and workaway stations located at airports around the U.S., Duncan Aviation said it is prepared to perform ADS-B upgrades for the remainder of its business aviation customers ahead of the FAA’s midnight deadline on Dec. 31, 2019.

“I’m going to say this as plainly as I can: the ADS-B equipage deadline is not changing,” said Wassmer. “If you plan to fly your plane in most controlled airspace after Dec. 31, 2019, you’re going to need to install ADS-B.”

Duncan Aviation has developed a slot program that helps customers who may not be ready to upgrade immediately but want guaranteed hangar space and labor resources in the coming year. The program allocates two spots per satellite shop per month for ADS-B upgrades. This program holds a confirmed date, labor and hangar space for one aircraft, and owners and operators can reserve the spots for 2018, 2019 and through the rest of 2017, where space is available.

Outside of Rockwell Collins, the manufacturer of the TDR-94/TDR-94D transponder units, Duncan Aviation is the only service provider authorized to perform ADS-B upgrades on the TDR-94/TDR-94D units to bring them into compliance with the mandate. To date, the Duncan Aviation avionics bench in Lincoln, Nebraska, has performed ADS-B upgrades on 132 TDR-94/TDR-94D transponders.

This report was originally published by Via Satellite. It has been edited.

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