Avionics News October 2016 - 29
Emphasize the potential cost savings
Harpster encourages Part 135 operators and aircraft owners to consider the FAA's ultimate goal with ADS-B: greater
precision from the cockpit that can lead to decreased separation with the same or greater level of safety as we have today.
He said operators should keep this in mind when making
recommendations to aircraft owners, asking not only "Will
this particular upgrade make me compliant with ADS-B?" but
also "Does this solution interface with my FMS and autopilot? Will I have vertical and lateral precision through Wide
Area Augmentation System technology?"
Owners of aircraft equipped with ADS-B and WAAS,
Explain the U.S. mandate
enabling more vertical and lateral precision, are likely to see
By Jan. 1, 2020, aircraft operating in the majority of airsome cost savings that will add up to real money over time.
space in the national airspace system used by Part 135 charter
Consider the airspace along the East Coast of the U.S.
operators will be required to
Air traffic controllers are sequenchave ADS-B equipment. §91.225
ing international aircraft, many of
outlines the specific airspace
which are already equipped with
EVEN IF YOU'RE READY
requirements, but just assume the
ADS-B, and domestic traffic, most
TO EQUIP CLOSER TO THE
requirements apply to your fleet.
of which is not equipped. The
DEADLINE - SAY THE THIRD
The regulations will require an
better-equipped aircraft can benefit
upgrade to or replacement of your
from closer separation, which sigtransponder to be ADS-B Out
nificantly improves efficiency while
compliant. ADS-B, for all practiraising the level of safety.
cal purposes, is the 21st century
Decreased separation results
technical standard for transponders
in less holding and maneuvering
(that is, your aircraft's transponder
for spacing, which leads to fuel
will transmit more data to other
savings, lower times per cycle
aircraft and ground facilities comand decreased hours of operation
pared to a vintage 1090 megahertz
overall. Passengers also will benefit
Mode S/ES transponder). ADSfrom shorter flight times.
B In, through which an aircraft receives location of other
ADS-B-equipped aircraft also will be more likely to benefit
aircraft, weather and other information, is not technically
from more direct routing, including clearances direct to sperequired but should be considered to get the most out of ADScific airports or approach fixes, saving time and fuel, since air
traffic controllers will have more precision location informa"It's all about education," said Gary Harpster, a longtime
tion on properly equipped aircraft.
technical sales representative for Duncan Aviation. "So many
These cost- and time-savings will not be limited to the East
people we talk to think the FAA will push back the timeline.
Coast though - any congested airspace around busy airports,
The FAA has done that in the past with other equipment
like those in Atlanta or Chicago, also will benefit greatly from
requirements, but it is highly unlikely to do so in this case.
ADS-B and WAAS technology.
People ask, 'Will the FAA really just ground us all?'"
The savings from these efficiencies will inevitably comExperts believe the Federal Aviation Administration will
pound over time, benefiting both aircraft owners and charter
stand by the mandate, which means that non-equipped aircraft
- whether flying Part 91 or 135 - will effectively be grounded
if not ADS-B compliant on Jan. 1, 2020.
Discuss international requirements
Although technically the aircraft would still be legal in
Do you fly to Australia, Europe or other international
some portions of the U.S. airspace, those areas of airspace
destinations? Europe will require ADS-B Out for most aircraft
aren't commonly used by most Part 135 operators. The result
by June 2020. Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and
of noncompliance will likely be significantly restricted airspace and airport access.
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firm Jackson & Wade, which provides aircraft transactions,
regulatory compliance and aviation business planning
guidance. "If you aren't educating your management clients
now, you're setting them up for a nasty surprise in January
How can Part 135 air carriers convince their managed
aircraft owners that equipping for ADS-B sooner rather
than later is a smart move? What benefits will an equipped
aircraft - and its passengers - receive? Read on to learn
more about how to talk about the ADS-B mandate with
managed aircraft owners.
THERE MIGHT NOT
MEET YOUR NEEDS.