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such as WAAS, LPV and flight management systems.
During ADS-B, a variety of options were bundled with
installations. Most customers took advantage of the bundled
Life after ADS-B
packages or chose a bolt-on-type approach.
Now that the ADS-B mandate has passed, operators,
"What we are faced with as an MRO going forward is
avionics shops and repair stations are looking for what comes
dwindling customer options for upgrades either because
next. Sanders suggests focusing on obsolescence in airspace
customers already upgraded or the flight deck is completely
modernization, cabin connectivity and cabin control.
integrated," he explained. "The effect, therefore, is that MROs
For airspace modernization, he points to WAAS, LPV,
have fewer products to offer over previous years, which is
CPDLC and FANS-1A applications as well as flight deck
both a positive and negative.
upgrades such as Honeywell's Primus Elite and the Collins
"On the positive side, we can focus on strategic offerings
Aerospace Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 programs.
that make a positive impact to the customer flying experience
"I think customers and avionics shops want to futureand they are good for StandardAero from an efficiency and
proof their asset and make sure
quality perspective. The negative
that the aircraft they operate can
impact is that with less product
function for their mission needs
offerings, you lose potential customer
NOW THAT THE
and be dispatched when they need
interactions."
ADS-B MANDATE HAS
it now and in the future," Sanders
Part of Sanders' role at
PASSED, OPERATORS,
said. "Obsolescence comes in
StandardAero is to look for emerging
AVIONICS SHOPS AND
to play because not only do the
avionics technology to find what
flight management systems and
REPAIR STATIONS ARE
operators will be asking for and using
communication systems need to be
in the future. Right now, he's excited
LOOKING FOR WHAT
addressed, but this is an opportune
about wearable head-up display
COMES NEXT. SANDERS
time to address other obsolescence
technology.
SUGGESTS FOCUSING
items like the existing IRUs or
"Connectivity might be the easy
ON OBSOLESCENCE
attitude heading computers."
answer for some, and I do think the
IN AIRSPACE
As for connectivity, the
progression to air-to-ground 5G is
MODERNIZATION,
SwiftBroadband systems were
very exciting as it will bring even
previously the only way to provide
faster speeds to the aircraft," he said.
CABIN CONNECTIVITY
onboard satellite connectivity. Today,
"But wearable HUD technology is
AND CABIN CONTROL.
customers can choose from Ku and
different and unique.
Ka systems that offer high-speed
"Head-up displays can be extremely
connectivity outside the United
costly, bulky and will not fit on every
States, and for customers inside the United States, Gogo
aircraft due to space and weight requirements. However, with
offers proven systems such as the Avance L3 and Avance L5
wearable HUD, even aircraft that could not have a HUD now
platforms, Sanders suggested.
have the possibility of installing one. Wearable HUD adds
In the cabin, obsolescence issues are showing up because
to aircraft safety and crew situational awareness. Most offer
early cabin management systems weren't capable of high360-degree views and synthetic vision, which adds to the
definition video or didn't offer solutions for pilots' and
pilot's awareness to their surroundings."
passengers' personal devices.
As Sanders joins the industry's roster of aviation aces, it's
"Furthermore, we're seeing a shift away from DVD
clear the world of avionics that he discovered as a young
players and cabin bulkhead monitors and more of a push for
man in the U.S. Marine Corps would come to shape his life.
carry-on devices to function seamlessly within the cabin,"
"My experience as a Marine played a vital role in who
Sanders continued. "I think, going forward, customers and
I am as a person and as an employee today," he said. "I
avionics shops will be more focused on the control and
didn't know what I was going to be when I joined. I wanted
management function of the cabin systems."
to be an A&P mechanic, a truck driver, or something with
tanks, but the Marine Corps selected me to be an avionics
Watching the trends
technician. My life has been avionics ever since." q
Ironically, more purchase options were available
to MROs and aircraft operators before ADS-B, which
To learn more about SandardAero, visit standardaero.com.
fascinates Sanders. Aircraft owners could choose upgrades
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