However, agency officials emphasized the policy is not an alternative to equipping, nor should aircraft owners expect such authorizations to be a frequent occurrence. [Read more…]
By JOHN CROFT, FAA
In Akron, Ohio, a flight department operating a wholly different kind of animal — an airship — took the ADS-B-In plunge early on as a strategic move.
Michael Dougherty, chief pilot for Goodyear Airship Operations, says when the company was working with Germany’s airship builder, Zeppelin, on the cockpit design for its three new airships seven years ago, long-term choices had to be made or pay the price later.
Goodyear, which uses its semi-rigid airships to provide TV coverage above sports events and to travel the country promoting the company brand, knew it had to install ADS-B Out for the FAA’s 2020 mandate because of where it flies, but it had to take a gamble that ADS-B In would be worth the extra investment, according to company officials. [Read more…]
On opening day of the Aircraft Electronic Association convention, Garmin introduced the GTX 335D and GTX 345D, two diversity transponders that provide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out coverage.
The GTX 335D offers ADS-B Out, while the GTX 345D provides ADS-B Out, as well as ADS-B In traffic and weather for display on compatible avionics and mobile devices. Remote-mount versions are also available.
The GTX 335D/GTX 345D are intended for qualifying aircraft that may prefer or require a “diversity solution,” while also meeting or exceeding global ADS-B airspace requirements, according to Garmin officials.
The GTX 335D/GTX 345D utilize two antennas mounted on the top and bottom of the aircraft, providing “superior operational coverage,” Garmin officials said in a prepared release. [Read more…]
“The skyBeacon is a revolutionary new way to equip ADS-B,” says Smitty Smith, the force behind FunPlacesToFly.com. “Simply replace your existing navigation light with skyBeacon and you are ADS-B compliant for 2020.” [Read more…]
FreeFlight Systems has received certification of its Avail Performance Package, an ADS-B solution for twin turboprop aircraft.
The Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) allows for the installation of the package in more than 25 makes and models of twin turboprop aircraft from M7 Aerospace, Piper Aircraft, and Textron Aviation. [Read more…]
Aireon has received control of the final six Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads from Iridium Communications.
Hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system will deliver — for the first time in history — 100% global, real-time surveillance of all ADS-B equipped aircraft, according to company officials.
“This is a major company milestone and is one of the final steps toward a fully-operational Aireon system,” officials said in a prepared release. [Read more…]
On Jan. 11, 2019, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and placed the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low earth orbit.
This launch brought the total number of Aireon satellites in orbit to 75 — (66 operational payloads and nine spares). [Read more…]
The Aircraft Electronics Association‘s annual Rate & Labor Survey reveals that the economic realities of supply and demand joined forces in 2018.
With the ADS-B mandate’s Jan. 1, 2020, deadline fast approaching, avionics shops have increased their rates in the face of the overwhelming demand for this equipment — and other upgrades installed during the same downtime — and their finite supplies to technicians and time. [Read more…]