AFI KLM E&M is offering Boeing 737 & 747 operators competitive Part 21/Part 145 solutions for ADS-B Out modifications based on the DO-260B standard.
With the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system, the civil aviation sector is to receive an upgraded, optimized air traffic control surveillance method that replaces traditional radar.
Mandatory in 2020
Intended to extend and refine the surveillance of aircraft in flight, ADS-B Out allows real-time inflight information about position and other data such as tail number and altitude, to be sent to ground stations from equipped aircraft. The ability to receive and transmit this data between aircraft is provided by ADS-B In.
"AFI KLM E&M was in the vanguard of the ADS-B "revolution", notably by being the first in the industry to receive certification for an ADS-B Supplemental Type Certificate version DO-260 for its fleet of 747-400s and 777-200/-300s," explains Laurent Montesalvo, Proposal Manager at AFI KLM E&M. "The current compliance requirement is more technical, and involves aligning ADS-B Out with the DO-260B standard, which becomes mandatory on January 1st, 2020 for FAA and June 7th, 2020 for EASA."
By capitalizing on the expertise acquired as part of a test program carried out with Nav Canada and on the retrofit of the Air France fleet, AFI KLM E&M is now able to offer a Part 21/Part 145 modification service to airlines operating the 737 and 747, concerned by the new requirement.
Economic performance and TAT
In a nutshell, the workscope, which vary according to aircraft configuration, involve upgrading the Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR) / transponder coupling. With its DOA approval, AFI KLM E&M has been able to develop an STC for the ADS-B Out modification, which was recently completed for Bahrain Royal Flight. A first VIP 747-400 was thus modified in five days, including qualification tests, in late February.
"The solution offered by AFI KLM E&M stands out for its competitiveness in terms both of costs and TAT. In the design of the modification, we concentrate on a scope that excludes any re-jigging of the onboard avionics, which is highly complex and very costly. The first modification carried out for our Bahrain Royal Flight customer essentially consisted in updating the MMR software, replacing the transponder, and adding an ADS-B warning light to the control panel."
The second aircraft is scheduled for Autumn 2019. But already, AFI KLM E&M has once again demonstrated its know-how with the Modifications product and its ability to take its customers' needs into account as it promotes one of the most competitive services on the market.