ADS-B 2020 Deadline in Question

Fgallery2-1The FAA has been considering an extension on the 2020 deadline for ADS-B Out on commercial aircraft due to a petition by Airlines for America (A4A). The exemption is being requested due to the fact that old airlines are equipped with early generation GPS receivers that may experience brief outages of the required performance for ADS-B Out, and the necessary gear with WAAS capability will not be available in time for 2020. They are proposing a 5 year grace period where the ADS-B transponders are hooked up to the old GPSs with a promise to have the approved source avionics installed by 2025.

The FAA did confirm their consideration of the petition, but has not yet reached a decision on the fate of commercial airline ADS-B Out requirements. They have stated that general aviation aircraft will not receive an extension no matter the outcome of the airliners’ request. The difference between the two industries is that there are already plenty of options available for GA owners to comply, even with more than 250,000 GA aircraft vs ~6,000 airliners requiring new equipment.

An excerpt of the FAA’s statement to AvWeb when asked about this petition is as follows:  “The FAA has completed the deployment of ADS-B ground radios and has called on aviation users to equip their aircraft in advance of Jan 1, 2020 mandate. The air carrier community identified a concern with the availability and schedule for upgraded GPS receivers, which are one component of the ADS-B Out system… The FAA is reviewing A4A’s petition and will consider all public comments before determining whether to grant or deny the petition.” You can read the full details of the FAA’s response Here.

Sandel HeliTAWS + FreeFlight RA-4500 Promotional Pricing


Sandel and FreeFlight have announced promotional offers to help customers meet the FAA’s Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) Safety Sensor Mandate. Orders placed by 6/30/2015 will receive $750 off HeliTAWS and $500 off RA-4500 for a total savings of $1,250.


  • When HeliTAWS is interfaced with a radar altimeter such as the FreeFlight RA-4500, it will generate auraldescent altitude callouts from 300ft. AGL to the ground – This allows the pilot to maintain visual outside the cockpit instead of looking inside at an indicator for height above ground.
  • The ST3400H can replace virtually any radar altimeter indicator on the market today, and still allow for pilot setting of the decision height. HTAWS must be installed in the pilot’s primary field of view.
  • Since HeliTAWS can replace the radar altimeter indicator, it’s a perfect fit for the location in the panel.

FreeFlight RA-4500 Radar Altimeter

  • Proven and precise, The RA-4500 and HeliTAWS offer improved situational awareness for a broad range of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The RA-4500 Radar Altimeter with its ARINC 429 output can be easily coupled with electronic flight information systems (EFIS) and flight director systems.
  • Designed for applications such as helicopter seaplane operations, where accuracy is needed down to zero feet, the RA-4500 Radar Altimeters provide precise AGL information from 2,500 feet down to ground level.
  • An industry leader in the development of Radar Altimeters for more than 20 years, with more than 1 million critical fight hours.

For more information on this promotion, or to place an order, contact SEA at or call 321-255-9877.

Promotion Details: Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. 2015 Q2 promotions are good 4/1/15 – 6/30/15, You may not apply this offer to any other time range. Offer subject to change without notice by Sandel. This offer is not transferable and is only available to authorized Sandel Dealers.

SEA Welcomes Pedro Artidiello, PMO Business Development Manager

pedro-artidielloSoutheast Aerospace is pleased to announce the addition of Pedro Artidiello as the PMO Business Development Manager. As the SEA PMO BD Manager, Pedro has the responsibility of retaining and developing new customers, while continuing SEA’s presence in the government market and exploring commercial market opportunities for new technologies and mandates. This is a new position at SEA and will allow us to have a greater focus on developing and improving business relationships, and turn more proposals into projects.

Artidiello began his aviation career as an F15 avionics technician with the US Air Force in 1994. After leaving the military in 2001, he transitioned to general aviation as an avionics installer and service technician with Raytheon Aircraft Services in Ft. Lauderdale. Pedro continued in the aviation industry as an avionics installer with Bombardier, then Banyan Air Service. Artidello transitioned 8 years ago to the Banyan Technical Sales Department as an Avionics and Maintenance Consultant.

Pedro was born in Cuba and came to the US in 1980 during the Mariel Boatlift. He is a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) graduate, enjoys outdoor activities including RV’ing, fishing, watersports, and ATV’ing, and is married with two children.

To contact Pedro and the SEA Program Management Department, email