As U.S. carriers look to meet the FAA’s fast-approaching Jan. 1, 2020 deadline to become equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), MROs are exploring ways to capture some of the installation work.
Given the likelihood of a rigid equipage deadline a surge in installations for ADS-B Out is expected.
Aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out will reap many benefits, including enabling the pilot to see surrounding aircraft and hazardous weather and terrain, which should result in safer and more efficient operations. ADS-B uses satellite signals instead of ground radar so aircraft will be able to fly more directly, as well.
Avocet MRO Services, the Orlando-based company specializing in airframe maintenance along with teardowns and passenger-to-freighter modifications, is one provider looking to capitalize on this emerging opportunity.
Offering the ADS-B capability is dependent on building the necessary supplemental type certificate (STC) Avocet needs before installing equipment on the aircraft, says Edward Gray, the company’s general manager and chief of operations.
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