Nuremberg, Germany-based Aero-Dienst has received EASA approval for its GPS/SBAS sensor system installation Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Pro Line 4-equipped Learjet 60. The modification enables the aircraft to satisfy imminent ADS-B Out requirements.
EASA has mandated that aircraft must be ADS-B Out capable by 7 June 2020, while the FAA has a similar requirement by 1 January 2020, with the result that all aircraft will be permanently and actively trackable via GPS-based data.
ADS-B systems need more accurate position data than conventional GPS devices. Correction signals are therefore received from supplementary Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) services, available under the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) in Europe and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in the US.
Aero-Dienst achieves ADS-B Out compliance for non-SBAS Learjet 60s through a combination of its own STC and another from CMD Flight Solutions. The Aero-Dienst STC allows for the installation of a GPS/SBAS sensor system comprising a GPS receiver and GPS antenna supplied by FreeFlight Systems; CMD Flight Solutions’ STC covers a transponder upgrade and satisfies the most recent DO-260B (V2) standard.
Patrick Morgenstern, Design & Modification Manager at Aero-Dienst provides a stark reminder to operators: “We have less than 14 months until ADS-B Out becomes mandatory in Europe.” He reckons the company’s Learjet 60 combined STC solution keeps costs and downtime to a minimum, important factors for those looking for a cost-efficient solution as the deadline looms closer.
Established in 1958, Aero-Dienst has expertise in maintaining, operating, selling and managing a variety of business aircraft and air ambulances. Its 330-strong staff includes an EASA-approved in-house design organisation, providing a complete modification and certification service for cabin design, cabin and cockpit connectivity, and inflight entertainment.