The countdown for aircraft to complete their ADS-B equipment upgrade is fast approaching with a scheduled deadline of December 31, 2019. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a mandatory requirement for all aircraft flying in United States airspace. The upgraded technology enhances safety and efficiency, and provides precise tracking and navigational aids using satellite signals.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated rules to ensure compliance.
What are the ADS-B rules?
The FAA published Federal Regulation 14 CFR § 91.225 and 14 CFR § 91.227 in May 2010. The final rule dictates that effective January 1, 2020, aircraft operating in airspace defined in 91.225 are required to have an Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) system that includes a certified position source capable of meeting requirements defined in 91.227.
While a growing amount of aircraft have already been upgraded for ADS-B, there are still a significant amount of aircraft that are far from meeting the 2020 deadline. In less than four months, planes that aren’t upgraded could risk being grounded.
As the deadline quickly approaches, equipment manufacturers are increasing the price on hardware to complete the modification due to supply and demand. Over the last year, there has been a significant increase of 20%- 50% in the price of equipment to complete the upgrade. To ensure that customers receive a fair assessment, all aircraft operators and owners are encouraged to contact Skyservice Business Aviation for an estimate, or schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
A leader in aircraft maintenance
For over 30 years, Skyservice’s maintenance team has led the industry as a leader in aircraft maintenance. In addition to offering the ADS-B upgrade, aircraft owners and operators can utilize Skyservice’s expertise in technical services. As an authorized service facility in Canada, for many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) including Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault/Falcon and HondaJet, Skyservice performs maintenance and warranty services for not only their own managed aircraft but other fleets as well.
Most recently, Skyservice partnered with Universal Avionics, an Elbit systems company and leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics systems. The partnership has recognized Skyservice Business Aviation to receive TCCA and FAA approval for Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Bombardier Learjet 45 “NextGen and Beyond” upgrade. The certification covers the addition of a UA UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) and CVR-120R Cockpit Voice Recorder to the already installed UNS-1Ew SBAS-Flight Management System (FMS). For a detailed review of the upgrade, visit: https://skyservice.com/news/universal-avionics-nextgen-and-beyond-upgrade
To schedule your mandatory ADS-B upgrade with Skyservice today, contact us at 1-888-759-7591 or submit an online request at https://skyservice.com/schedule-your-ads-b-upgrade.
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