A Wrap Up of ADS-B

Written by Luke Gomoll, SEA Aircraft Modifications Sales Rep.

It was in May of 2010, after years of input from the aviation industry, that the FAA published FAR 14 CFR 91.225 and 14 CFR 91.227. Mandating pilots that flew in controlled airspace to equip with either 1090ES transponder or 978 UAT and a compliant GPS by January 1, 2020.

Over the past 10 years, the product options for compliance has increased significantly.  From low cost, quick installations like the uAvionix SkyBeacon to innovative integrated solutions such as L3Harris Lynx product offering. A transponder replacement, 1090ES ADS-B Out compliance, ADS-B In capability, optional active traffic and TAWS-B, and dual touchscreen displays. Garmin hit it out of the park with experimental to Part 25 solutions that had the ability to mix and match and provide enhanced safety. Who would have thought of the roads to ADS-B a decade ago!

As we reflect, it’s good to remember the hurdles we had to overcome.

The financial cost to comply with ADS-B was one significant hurdle. With upgrade prices ranging from $2K to $250K just to comply, understanding all of the available solutions for each aircraft was an ever changing and challenging environment.

Technical hurdles were aplenty as well! Where do you put another GPS antenna on an aircraft that has a giant rotating disk on top? Some other technical hurdles included: Matched pairing between GPS and Transponder, Dynamic Flight ID, Enhanced Surveillance, TCAS II Integration, first generation Integrated Cockpit pairing, Aircraft Service Bulletin Compliance Research, and Structural Modifications for equipment and antennas. Just to name a few!

We cannot forget about the human hurdle. Whether dealing with an industry wide technician shortage, educating the stubborn-to-accept pilot/operator/owner that ADS-B is a thing, or correctly communicating with US/Foreign governments, there were always people, or lack thereof, standing in the way of an aircraft getting the required upgrade.

Understanding and working through these hurdles we were able to offer and modify aircraft with a solution that best fits the aircraft for its mission, budget, and future. Through these hurdles we were fortunate enough to build new relationships and learned a thing or two along the way.

As we wrap up the ADS-B installations in early 2020, we know the demand will continue for a short while longer.  We will slowly transition to ramping up for connectivity, NextGen solutions and other exciting opportunities.  While change can be painful, the path to increasing flight safety will be important for the next generation of pilots.

Millennials Killed Mayonnaise?

Written by: Joe Braddock

Recently, I had the opportunity to present at Career Day for a few local high schools. I had never done this before and knew it might be a challenge to make my pitch interesting. Not so much because the aviation industry is not interesting. Instead, I was a little nervous imagining a middle age guy like myself presenting to a bunch of tech savvy teenagers. Instead of trying to promote the company I work for, I decided to promote the aviation industry as a whole. Being in the aviation industry for almost 30 years, I knew there was so much more to the industry than most people know. I’ve spent years answering that question of “what do you do?” from people I meet at general social events, gatherings, or other non-aviation events. I’m sure I am not the only one who has struggled in social settings where you have to painfully yet quickly try to explain what you do in aviation to another person whose knowledge of aviation did not go past commercial airlines. Anyone else experienced this?

Flying car!

Presenting to hundreds of different types of teenagers, I knew I had to keep their attention somehow. Thinking back to my high school days, I knew that most of them didn’t even want to be there. Heck, it doesn’t matter if they’re teenagers, it’s difficult to keep anyone’s attention, right?  No one likes being Powerpointed to death so I made my slides easy to read and image heavy. I threw in some silly images of unreal aircraft from video games like Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto just to see if anyone caught them. Several of them called me out on it so at least I knew they were looking. As I mentioned, my presentation talked about the industry as a whole, the wide range of different aircraft it covers (i.e. not just airlines or fighter jets), and ALL of the different jobs it offers. I tried to make it the 10-minute presentation that I always wanted to give when a non-aviation person asked “what do you do?”. Although I am sure people know there’s a lot of behind the scenes people supporting a pilot flying an aircraft, I don’t think they understand all of the types of jobs available. Whether it be inspectors, technicians, engineers, writers, designers, drafters, mechanics or all of the other administrative/support jobs, most people just don’t know how many different types of jobs there are in aviation.

As I pitched all this about different jobs, I saw even the most uninterested students in the room perk up a little. At the end of my presentation, I was happy to see them ask questions. Most of the questions were insightful and meaningful. Well, one student did ask me about flying cars in space and how much that would cost. I didn’t have a real answer other than “a lot?” However, I would have taken any question just to know they were interested.  And, my point is that THEY WERE INTERESTED!

Duke's Mayo

You hear negative things about “Millennials” out there but I don’t think it’s all fair. I even read an article recently about how millennials killed mayonnaise.  Really?  Anyone ever think that maybe people just want to eat healthier?  But I digress…

Through my recent observations as a parent, there doesn’t seem to be a lot that impresses younger people these days. Why? It seems like every generation critiques the next one and so on. We can all take things from one generation and say that wouldn’t happen “back in my day”. How do you know? The truth is you don’t know and you probably would have done the same things if you had the same things available to you. Perhaps younger people these days aren’t as interested in the things that us middle-aged people were interested in. Maybe there is not as much wow factor to flying things and gadgets as there was back in the day. Just take a look at what technology infants are being brought up with now. People can see almost anything they want to anytime on their phones. On a phone!

Everyone in the aviation industry knows there is a real shortage of people getting into the industry. The veterans of the industry are getting their much deserved retirement while the aviation world continues to grow at the same time. Unfortunately, the amount of skilled people coming in is not keeping up with that. What can we do about it?

I don’t have an immediate answer but I do think there is hope based on what I saw at that Career Day. If I had to throw out some ideas, I would suggest that we try to get more young people into aircraft and see how one really operates by getting them into the cockpit. You know, more hands-on kind of stuff. Have them turn a wrench on some part of the aircraft to see what that actually does. Show them the inside of a stripped out cabin so they understand how many wires are really running through there. Ask them for their help operating a drone (legally) so they can understand how much more equipped they are to operate those than us old folks.

We can’t give up trying to bring new, fresh talent into the aviation industry. There’s no hidden, undiscovered reserve of experienced aviation people that we have yet to find. It may take a lot of mentoring and coercing to get some people to take a look at the aviation industry. It may take donating your time or money but we have no choice. I believe that people of any age working a job want to feel that there is meaning in their job and that it makes a difference. Just saying that airplanes being neat, complex, and difficult to fly is not enough anymore. We have to show them even more about this great industry. Where it came from, where it is going and everything in between. Most people just don’t know. We have to think outside the box to relate to where people’s minds are at right now in relation to technology and the future of air travel. It’s going to be amazing so let’s get that message out there!

2018 End of Year Thoughts & Reflections

Written by: Joe Braddock

Hard to believe that 2018 is almost a wrap and we are thinking about what 2019 will bring. We all get so involved in the busyness of our daily lives that we don’t get a chance to sit down and reflect on happenings, trends, or challenges that might be around us. The aviation industry continues to change and evolve. No doubt about that. Here at Southeast Aerospace, we’ve seen our share of happenings and whatnot so I thought I’d share a few with you.

On our side of things, ADS-B is dominating the avionics world. 2018 finally saw many aircraft owners committing to comply with the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. Most avionics shops, big or small, are scheduling out ADS-B installations well into 2019. Most ADS-B equipment manufacturers appear to be keeping up with demand although a few are already experiencing some backorders. It’s safe to say that shops should start thinking of stocking some ADS-B equipment if they are not already. I cannot imagine that manufacturers and distributors will have ADS-B equipment ready on the shelf all throughout 2019. While there’s more options than ever for ADS-B equipage, some aircraft owner/operators are still waiting to comply with the mandate. It’s not all about procrastination either. Some aircraft owners (mostly bizjet and up) are weighing the investment of implementing ADS-B Out into their aircraft versus selling and investing in a new aircraft. It will be interesting to see how many owners in 2019 opt to comply or not. Regardless, 2019 should be hectic for shops to juggle existing, scheduled, and last minute installs as 2019 comes and goes. No doubt that 2019 will be an exciting year for ADS-B.

Obsolescence and support for legacy parts continues to be an interesting topic for the bench shop and part sales world. Support for many legacy parts is getting more challenging as manufacturers discontinue their own support, lifetime buys of piece parts run out, or other issues render some parts unrepairable in some way. This is obviously a natural progression in most industries, however, in years past, it didn’t happen as quickly in aviation. With the affordability of digital, glass systems and retrofit units, it is becoming a no-brainer to upgrade certain legacy systems and components. Conversely, it’s amazing to see some manufacturers continue to increase prices on the support of certain legacy items without having an affordable upgrade for the customer to consider. As manufacturers continue to reconsider their traditional dealer network and large companies are getting larger through mergers, the choices for customers to maintain their legacy systems in their aircraft will continue to be affected. That’s not to say that it’s all bad and legacy parts/systems will disappear overnight. However, as time goes on, this support aspect may not get easier and it’s probably time for a lot of aircraft owners to upgrade in some way. Most manufacturers are doing a great job of bringing realistic, affordable upgrade paths for many aircraft. I think 2019 will bring even more affordable upgrade options for aircraft owners. I can’t wait to see what is next as technology seems to be advancing exponentially.

Open up any aviation magazine or newsletter and you will see something about the hiring challenges in the industry. Whether it’s pilots, technicians or mechanics, the industry is facing a significant shortage. Talk to almost any aviation company and they will tell you that they are looking for people. That sounds like good news for the people already in the industry as far as wages and salaries. It will be interesting to see how much the industry can bear in relation to supply and demand. It will also be interesting to see the affect on labor rates, overhead and sustainability for most shops. Expenses, wages, and just the cost of doing business in aviation will probably increase again in 2019. The bottom line is that it’s not getting easier to run an aviation business for a lot of reasons. How much of all that is the end customer willing to absorb?  On a positive note, this issue facing the industry has brought together many organizations and associations to market and promote ways to bring more people into the industry. While smartphones and computers might be more interesting technology to the younger generations, airplanes and all aircraft in general are still cool, high-tech and incredible in a lot of ways. We need to continue to remind the public about that as we promote and market.

All in all, it has been a good year for the industry in many ways. There will always be challenges and issues that arise but that’s part of life whether we like it or not. Part of who we are as people, a community and society is defined on how we choose to react to something challenging: rise above and grow from it. For better or worse, the aviation industry gives us those opportunities fairly regularly :). The end of a year also gives you that opportunity to reflect on what you appreciate and value. I know one of the things I appreciate about my daily work is the relationships I have with my co-workers and friends in the industry. People are still what make the difference in this world. Maybe the world would be an easier place to live in if we all just said “Thank You” and showed genuine appreciation to the people you talk to every day. Perhaps this holiday season, we all can do that and start 2019 on a high note!

Aviation Companies Beware

As fraudsters grow more daring with scams targeting businesses we thought it might be a good time to highlight what to be aware of so you can take precautions and not become a victim of this scam.  Understanding how some of these scams work is your first line of defense in not falling for the deception. These scammers have gotten very tricky and very smart, but hopefully by reading this you can be one step ahead of them.

One of the more prevalent scams that has started to become very popular with these criminals is a fraud scam involving quotes and large orders for products that originate from a university. It goes like this:

  • The scammers find the purchasing contact for a major university and assume his/her identity. This can easily be found on the Internet.
  • They set up a fake website to create an online presence and obtain a fake email address that mimics the university, usually ends with something like xyz.edu.net.
  • They call and email companies to place an order for random products and identify themselves as being from that university.
  • They create fake purchase orders that resemble an authentic university purchase order.
  • Ask for Net 30 terms by sending false bank & credit references as well as fake W-9 (all the while using university contact names & addresses.)
  • Lastly they request shipment to a location that is somewhere in proximity to the university location.

After what appears to be a legitimate request and order, businesses fill the requested PO only to find out that they have been scammed and will not be getting paid for the products they provided.  Having been given Net 30 terms for payment, the scammers have at least a 30 day head start on any investigation that may arise, making it very difficult to recover the businesses money or product.

Here are a few things you can do to try and avoid being scammed when you receive PO’s from universities (or any institution for that matter):

  1. In the case of a university, if the email address or website URL does not end in .edu, it is likely fraudulent.
  2. Question the shipping address if it is not the same as the university or business address.
  3. Verify the phone number calling actually matches the purchasing agent at the university. Then call that person and verify they have or have not requested an order.
  4. Do your research! Legitimate companies are going to have some kind of history or “digital footprint” on the Internet. If you can find little or no information on a company that should raise red flags.
  5. Be extra diligent with unusually large orders from new customers.
  6. Trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Confirm and verify all the info and then verify it again.

If you do become the victim of one of these scams it is very important to contact your local authorities and the FBI as soon as you find out. You should also report the crime to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season is upon us once again. The official Atlantic hurricane season stHurricanearted June 1 and runs through November 30. Experts are forecasting the 2017 season to be more active than historical averages with regard to the number of named storms. NOAA is forecasting 11-17 named storms, 5 to 9 of which would become hurricanes and 2 to 4 which will be considered major hurricanes.  These major storms can cause considerable damage to or total loss of your aircraft. So do you have a game plan for keeping your aircraft safe during this busy hurricane season?

GivFloridaen the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, even the best-made plans can break down in the face of a storm, but having a plan at least puts you ahead of the game. The first thing you should do is check your insurance policy and make sure it is up to date and you know everything that it covers. Here are just a few precautions you can take to give you and your aircraft a fighting chance during a major storm.

    1. Don’t take any chances and get out! Make sure you pay attention to the “cone of uncertainty” that is projected by the National Hurricane Center. Each tropical system is given a forecast cone to help the public better understand plane upside downwhere it’s headed. If you are able to get your aircraft out of this projected path you have a much better chance of making it out with no damage. Try and keep a list of airports and their contact information so that you can make educated decision on where to go. Just keep in mind you will not be the only aircraft owner or pilot getting out of Dodge. Make sure to give yourself  a sufficient amount of time to get to your chosen evacuation airport or FBO.
    2. If you don’t have enough time to get your aircraft out-of-town, the next best thing is to get it into a safe hangar. A good hangar will be the best protection for aircraft during any severe storm. You are going to want to attempt to secure a hangar spot as quickly as possible because these spots will be costly and they will be gone before you know it. Remember though that hangars are not 100% storm-proof and there is still the possibility of your plane getting damaged if the hangar were to collapse or become damaged itself. So move fast but find the safest and strongest hangar possible.
    3. It’s Hail Mary time. If you can’t leave the area and there is no hangar space available, the last thing you can do to give your aircraft a fighting chance is to tie it down. Here is a list of procedures you should try to follow if you must resort to tying your plane down:
      • Make sure the surrounding area is clear of all debris that could become flying projectiles.
      • If possible park your aircraft up wind from all other aircraft. This will Tie downprevent them from blowing into your plane if they become loose.
      • Move it to the highest ground you can to stay away from flooding.
      • Make every effort to park your plane with the nose into the wind.
      • Double check that all doors and windows are closed and locked. Also cover all engine openings and pitot-static tubes, to protect them from any flying debris.
      • Choke the wheels and deflate the tires to keep the airplane from rolling around.
      • Use both an external and internal control lock.
      • Most important is to make sure you have top rated ropes or chains and tie down anchors that are in top-notch condition. If you are not using chains, use nylon or Dacron rope because of its higher tensile strength and make sure to not leave any slack when tying off.

Hurricanes and tropical storms can turn an airport into a junk pile in a hurry. Plan ahead and make sure you have a solid game plan in place well before any storms are threatening. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your procedures, aircraft manuals, and local airport/FBO policies. Of course it goes without saying to make sure your family and home is your first priority. Keep this American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist handy when the time comes. Stay informed and don’t wait until it’s too late to take the necessary precautions to keep you, your family, and your aircraft safe.

Statistics and information from NOAA, The Weather Channel, and The National Hurricane Center.

 

 

ADS-B ASAP

Tired of hearing about ADS-B yet? Time marches on as the January 2020 deadline draws closer. It is safe to say that the FAA will not extend thisCapture deadline. FAA Acting Deputy Administrator Victoria Wassmer assures everyone of that fact, “I’m going to say this as plainly as I can: the ADS-B equipage deadline is not changing. If you plan to fly your plane in most controlled airspace after December 31, 2019, you’re going to need to install ADS-B.”

The FAA has estimated that there is between 100,000-160,000 GA aircraft that will need to be ADS-B equipped to fly after the deadline. So how many of those aircraft are equipped with 31 months left before time runs out? As of June 1, 2017 the FAA reports that 26,414 GA aircraft have been equipped with ADS-B. That is a scary number. With approximately 1,100 certified repair stations ready to install ADS-B, now is the time to get serious about a solution for your aircraft. Getting an appointment in an install shop will be harder to obtain as the deadline approaches, not to mention the possibility of higher install prices. There are certain factors in an ADS-B installation that an average A&P mechanic cannot and should not handle. Equipping sooner rather than later helps in case there is an issue with the installation. This will allow you time to fix the problem affecting the performance and compliance of your system and then take your test flight to validate that your system is working properly.

So why are so many aircraft owners and operators still not ready to equip? Why does it seem like so many are waiting until the last minute?

  • Some say they are waiting for the prices on ADS-B units to drop. It does seem like prices have gotten about as low as they are going to get. Also lets not forget about the FAA’s $500 rebate, which runs for one year or until all 20,000 rebates are gone. Here’s the good news about the ADS-B rebate, it’s not too late to get yours. As of June 5 there are still 13,828 waiting to be reserved before the cut off date of September 18, 2017.
  • I’m selling my aircraft anyways, so why should I spend the money for the upgrade? Well that’s fine but go ahead and deduct the price of an ADS-B system from your ground-plane-garminidea (3)asking price, because one of the first things most buyers are going to ask is if the plane is compliant with ADS-B. The value of your aircraft will depend on whether or not you have at least a validated ADS-B Out system installed. If you still don’t want to upgrade, just find a nice parking spot for your plane because it will probably be there for a long time.
  • I just don’t see the value in getting ADS-B. Really…how is that possible? The value in ADS-B and NextGen should be very easy to see by now. It is the most advanced and most accurate way to track and position aircraft in our skies. It improves the communication between air traffic controllers and pilots, given them both an accurate and exact location of every plane in the surrounding airspace. Pilots have never had this much situational awareness in the cockpit. Not to mention if you are flying with ADS-B In, having the free weather and traffic information right in front of you is very beneficial.

Despite recent comments made by the President about ATC, the ground based radar system we have had in place for 80 years has served our airspace well.  But like all thingsADS-B Coverage it must come to an end. The state-of-the-art ADS-B system will provide safer skies by giving the ATC and pilots more information, less impact on the environment by reducing the amount of fuel you will use because of more direct routes, and by providing coverage where radar does not exist, such as the Gulf of Mexico and mountainous terrain. This will help with search and rescue operations in the event an aircraft does go down. So however the new President changes our ATC system, there is no realistic way around the foundation of ADS-B Out (i.e. GPS position data of aircraft).  While there may be plenty of other ideas and theories out there still being discussed, ADS-B is what we got and unless someone can offer any other economical, reasonable, and implantable solutions, that’s what we are going with by 2020.  If you’ve got something better, then I’ll wait to hear from you.

My ADS-B Experience

_MG_2201.jpgBy James Brewer

An Avionics Technician & Aviation Enthusiast

I know, I know. You’ve been hearing about ADS-B non stop for the last 5 years or more. I know you’ve heard every single reason to get a system installed; from the benefits to the requirements. I know you’ve heard that at midnight of 2019, your airplane will magically never be able to fly again. You’ve no doubt heard all the regulations and requirements over and over again, as well as the applicable air spaces. I know I have long since reached saturation on the subject some time ago. More importantly, I know what the burden means to you. Really, I do.

I have the opportunity to live a dual life. One half as an avionics technician, and the other with a small partnership on an airplane so I understand the myriad of costs associated with airplanes from both sides. The hanger fees, the maintenance costs, the fuel, tie downs, endless inspections, and of course, that bulb that keeps blowing right before you want to get in the air. Every time you turn around, there’s some other thing you have to comply with. So adding on yet another burden is less than pleasant. Don’t tell anyone else in the industry, but I really disliked ADS-B when it was announced. I saw it as another overbearing requirement to fleece “the rich guys with airplanes.” Especially when you hear comments like “well, it’s only $5000. Be glad you don’t have (insert fancy jet name here) its $100,000 on one of those.” That’s great. But on a $15,000 Cessna 150, $5000 is a big chunk! Or the classic “well if you can afford an airplane, you can afford (insert outrageously priced aviation item here).” I hate that one.

But. I have become a convert and I am singing the praises of ADS-B now. All it took was one flight.

I have a friend who was looking to upgrade his aircraft to be compliant. It just so happens I was attending an ADS-B training session at the same time. Fortunately my boss, Joe Braddock, pulled me aside and told me about the Freeflight RANGR products. He knows I have a tight budget so he presented them to me as an affordable solution. I’m not yet at the point of doing the upgrade myself, (like I said, tight budget) but I did pass the information on to my friend, and for a lot less than he was expecting to pay, he had an ADS-B solution.

Fast forward a few weeks and we go up in his ADS-B (in and out) equipped 172. Wow. It was cool! I really stink at spotting traffic, but having that Ipad displaying the aircraft with their info and velocities right there in front of me, it was like a whole new world opened up. We had WAAS GPS, traffic, and weather! In a 172! For less than 5 grand! With no weight or amperage penalties from a heavy radar. Win-win-win! Plus there were no functional changes in cockpit duties. We still set the transponder when we had to and the ADS-B updated its information accordingly with no input from us. The amount of information and situational awareness we had was amazing for that price. Being a bit of a tech geek, it was a lot of fun to play around with too. I’m glad I was in the right seat!

As we were flying, the technician side of me came out too. The install was a lot faster than we expected, and a lot simpler with digital communication instead of big round bundles of wires and adapter modules. I was pleasantly shocked at the minimal panel real estate that the ADS-B control head took. We were both smiling big on that flight.

On the other hand, I also get to back seat a Super Decathlon from time to time. There is something beautiful about a small bird with minimal distractions and a lack of flashy electronics to take away from actually flying. If that’s you, then I have nothing constructive to offer. Flying like that is a treat in life and on the ADS-B ruling, you’re getting the short end of the stick. The only consolation is that the prices for minimal systems are coming down and there’s still enough competition for your business to keep labor costs reasonable. For now. But as a guy with an inside view of the avionics world, that tipping point is coming soon.

If you have the opportunity to go up in an equipped airplane, by all means do it. Take the right seat and play around. I’m sure you will be very pleasantly surprised and the pain of upgrading will be lessened significantly.

Stay tuned for an informational chart to help guide you to the right system for your needs and budget.

How Will You Meet the ADS-B Mandate?

The FAA’s ADS-B Out rebate program kicked off on September 19. In the first 2 weeks since the rebate program went live 2360 rebates were reserved by aircraft owners. The FAA will run the program for a period of 1 year or until 20,000 rebates have been reserved. 2016-AJM-098-Equip_ADS-B_DRAFT_sd06The FAA estimates that between 100,000 and 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to equip with ADS-B Out. So, why wait until the last minute to reserve your rebate? Why take the chance that there will be no rebates left?

There are no obstacles now for owners to equip at this time. Approximately 1,100 certified repair stations are ready to install ADS-B avionics, but installation shops could be overwhelmed the closer we get to the Jan 1, 2020 deadline. If too many operators wait, suppliers and installers will not be able to keep up with demand. This will result in a bottleneck of long wait times and possibly higher installation prices. As previously discussed in our blog, “ADS-B… How Long Will You Wait? The Data Does Not Lie” the time to schedule your service and get your rebate is now.

Are you eligible for the FAA’s rebate program? FAA-ADSB-Rebate-Qualify

Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.

Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate. Recently the AOPA put out an article clarifying the FAA process for pilots seeking the ADS-B rebate so that they may ensure that pilots understand exactly what needs to be done to be within the mandate rules. That article can be found here: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2016/october/05/pilots-seeking-ads-b-rebates-some-steps-clarified?utm_source=eBrief&utm_medium=Content&

For more information regarding the FAA’s ADS-B Out rebate and eligibility visit: https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=20434

How will you meet the mandate?

General aviation aircraft owners can choose to install only ADS-B Out equipment to meet the 2020 requirement, or they can purchase an integrated system that also includes ADS-B In. Most ADS-B product manufacturers only offer AML STCs they have to authorized dealers in their network. Make sure to get with your local avionics shop to find out exactly what you need. The FAA has a list of certified ADS-B equipment, which can be found here: http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/equipment/

As for the business aviation community, Southeast Aerospace partnered witcaptureh Garmin International, Gables Engineering, and Peregrine Avionics to bring them the most cost-effective and flexible ADS-B solution. Southeast Aerospace’s Part 25 AML STC for ADS-B Out/In will be available for non-TCAS II Beechjet, Citation, Hawker, Learjet, and Falcon Jet by November 1, 2016. Check out our website for more information. http://www.seaerospace.com/adsb-stc

Most if not all ADS-B installations are not a “box-swap” regardless of any advertising or information on the Internet stating as much. Southeast Aerospace strongly recommends that you only contact and consult a trained, authorized avionics dealer for all ADS-B installations. Contact the OEM and ask for a recommendation in your area. Most OEMs are more than happy to refer to a legitimate, quality dealer in your area.

Make sure to visit the Southeast Aerospace ADS-B Help Page for all your equipment and installation questions. http://www.seaerospace.com/ads-b

 

 

 

BendixKing’s New ADS-B Solution

ADS-B Solutions for Helicopter – AML STC for KT 74 and KGX

BendixKing is pleased to announce it has received FAA approval for the installation of its KT 74 ADS-B Out compliant transponder and KGX-Series ADS-B transceivers on a broad list of popular light helicopters. An approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC) approval is now available for popular airframes including the Bell 429/407/206L/206B, Airbus AS 322/350/B3/355/365, EC120/130/135/145, Robinson R22/44/66 and MD Helicopters.

This is an exciting milestone for the BendixKing ADS-B solutions because it significantly reduces the paperwork and overall installation time for helicopter operators. In addition, many of these aircraft are equipped with BendixKing KT 76A/C transponders, making them great candidates for the KT 74, slide in replacement.bk1

A trade-in rebate for most existing BendixKing transponders is available, making this a simple and cost-effective way to meet the upcoming mandate. The link just below identifies all eligible trade-in products and their values.

http://bendixking.com/getmedia/9f4200ac-8840-45b9-a2b6-3755108916c6/Trade-Up-Values-Final-List-best-sellers-sort-11-9-15.aspx

About the BendixKing Helicopter ADS-B Solutions

The AML STC includes:

  • KT 74 ADS-B OUT Mode S transponder*
  • KGX 150R ADS-B remote mount receiver with an Integrated WAAS GPS
  • KGX 130R ADS-B remote mount receiver without an integrated GPS
  • KGX Wireless WI-FI Adapter to interface with popular iOS and Android tablets for ADS-B Traffic & Weather.
  • Garmin GNS 400W and 500W series navigators.

Airframes approved under the AML STC are:

  • Bell Helicopter 429/407/206L/206B
  • Airbus Helicopters AS 322/350/B3/355/365 and EC 120/130/135/145
  • Robinson Helicopters R22/44/66 – solution overview link below
  • MD Helicopters MD-500.

*Compatible WAAS navigators or the KGX 150R ADS-B remote mount receiver with an integrated WAAS GPS may be used as a position source for ADS-B OUT with this STC.

Other industry GPS receivers may be integrated with this solution as shown in the table below.

KT 74 with KGX 150R/130R or Garmin GNS 400W/500W have been STC’d for these Helicopter Configurations

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Product videos, pricing and further information may be found at the BendixKing website link. http://www.bendixking.com/V4/ADS-B

Article and information obtained from BendixKing Dealer News, August 2016 Vol.3

Drone Rules For The Recreational Operator

Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), have Quadcopterbecome increasingly popular over the past few years. They are a lot of fun, generally not that expensive and relatively easy to fly. These UAS do however have their own set of rules to abide by. The FAA thinks they have the possibility to invade the privacy of others, interfere with manned aircraft and cause a variety of other problems. So to stay out of hot water with your local law enforcement and avoid FAA penalties, listed below are some of the rules the FAA requires drone operators to follow.

  • Register your drone with the FAA before you fly it if it weighs between 0.55lbs and up to 55lbs. Register online at https://registermyuas.faa.gov/
  • The UAS is limited to not more than 55 pounds.
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
  • Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • Keep your UAS within visual line of sight at all times.
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
  • Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
  • Contact the airport and control tower before flying within five miles of an airport or heliport.
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the sUAS.
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
  • Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.

Quadcopter2So make sure you fly your drone responsibly by staying within the FAA regulations. All information used in this article obtained from the FAA and Know Before You Fly, which is endorsed by the FAA. Go check out their websites for an abundance of more information regarding the use of UAS. http://www.faa.gov/uas/   http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/