vice president, Airlines - Europe Middle East, Africa and India, Honeywell
than later for aircraft DO-260B ADS-B Out compliance
he DO-260B ADS-B Out mandate is
quickly approaching - with less than two years to go.
When you take into consideration
that thousands of aircraft still need to be certified by a limited network of
aircraft maintenance, repair and refurbishment centres, operators are highly at
risk of having their planes grounded. The best way for aircraft owners to avoid
this lies in early planning and implementation.
What you need to know about DO-260B ADS-B
The role of a DO-260B ADS-B Out
compliant transponder is to periodically transmit information about the
aircraft's location, flight direction, speed and vertical velocity. This
information is transmitted from the aircraft to air traffic control, where the
team of controllers uses the information to direct and manoeuvre flights. It
also allows ground crew to track the location and flight path of each aircraft
outfitted with ADS-B In systems, but the FAA does not require this yet.
Since each type of cockpit has
its own specifications, it is difficult to propose a single solution for all of
them. This subsequently requires additional time to apply the appropriate
changes. It is therefore critical to start preparing aircraft for the transition
as quickly as possible, as well as to understand the importance of working in
close partnership with engineers to upgrade cockpit systems.
Depending on the aircraft, it is
possible to add a number of new components to complete the update process, such
as DO-260B compliant transponder, GPS systems, radio systems, communications,
along with other devices and supporting software.
Fortunately, a number of aircraft
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centres have received a Supplementary
Type Certificate, which allows operators to easily find a MRO center that can
perform the upgrade and ensures the aircraft is DO-260B ADS-B Out compliant.
Along with the development of their service capabilities, MRO organizations are
continuing to develop installation capability for DO-260B transponders,
antennas, radio systems and other avionics to contribute to the DO-260B ADS-B
Out commitment of delivering value, performance and improved efficiency for
The essential components under the 2020
1. The transponder
standards. The DO-260B transponder
transmits information from the cockpit, such as the identification of the
aircraft within range of the radar control center, and location tracking
associated with the air collision avoidance system. The updated technology has
the ability to accurately identify detailed location information, enhancing
overall flight safety.
2. GPS system
requirements. While the updated
version retains navigational data during all phases of flight, information is
recorded at length to provide the most accurate details. GPS systems must be
equipped with automatic selectivity sensors to offer the transponder with the
aircraft’s near-exact location, speed, altitude, data performance, and safety
subsequently contributes to the improved landing mechanisms provided by
Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capability, such as the
Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance
landing system, which allows the aircraft to safely approach the runway at an
altitude of 200-250 feet.
3. Data exchange and
voice communication systems. Radio
systems include all basic functions of navigation and radio communication. When
coupled with data exchange and voice communication devices, radio systems
compatible with ADS-B equipment is essential for the cockpit environment. These
systems deal with greater information capacity and, as a result, help deliver
more consistent and reliable communication lines.
The perfect time to start upgrading
Although these seem like minor
and potentially costly aircraft tweaks that can wait another day, operators
could put themselves at significant operational and financial risk if they leave
it to the last minute.
In the end, planning and
investing in these updates today can help reduce the problems that operators
might run into, like the strained capacity at upgrading centres. Time is running
out for aircraft upgrades, so now is the perfect time to make the necessary
changes, before the risk of aircraft grounding becomes a reality.
BlueSky Business Aviation News |3rd May 2018 | Issue #462