73% of US jets not ADS-B compliant



Duncan Aviation recently released a report showing that roughly 73% of all active US-registered business aircraft have not yet complied with the upcoming Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) deadline.

The avionics and MRO services provider made a first assessment in December of last year to educate business aircraft owners and operators about the anticipated crunch the industry will experience as the January 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate draws closer.

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According to a company statement, at the time, it estimated that more than 2,000 business aircraft could be grounded for non-compliance. By now, and based on data from its proprietary customer database, the FAA and other industry sources, the company revealed that as of March 31, 2017, close to three quarters of the business jets are still not in compliance. In rough numbers, that means that a little over 10,000 business jets do not yet have ADS-B Out capability.

“At the current rate of ADS-B adoption, about 4,760 aircraft will still need ADS-B when the mandate goes into effect,” comments Duncan Aviation Parts Sales, Avionics and Satellites VP Mark Cote. “Those aircraft, for all intents and purposes, will be grounded.” Cote also says that for the entire fleet to be ADS-B compliant, 320 aircraft need to be updated every month from now until 2020 deadline, more than twice the number currently being upgraded on a monthly basis, and a source of big concern. “The FAA has stated several times that the mandate deadline will not change,” Cote continues. “With limited labor and hangar capacity, operators need to plan ahead to ensure their business aircraft will be able to continue to meet its mission and company needs.”

Duncan Aviation has developed a slot program throughout its network of 27 avionics satellite shops in the US that allocates two spots per shop per month for ADS-B upgrades, for the upcoming years.

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“We’ve touched dozens of aircraft in the past few months, including [Bombardier] Challenger 300s, [Gulfstream] G150s, [Cessna] Citation 560XLs, a Pilatus PC-12, [Dassault] Falcon 900EXes, a couple of Challenger 601s, and a couple of G200s,” adds Duncan Aviation Satellite Operations Manager Matt Nelson. “Our techs have demonstrated experience with ADS-B installations.