Aircraft Maintenance Technology

JUN-JUL 2018

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Page 32 of 51 33 last several months. The average shop they spoke to has a three- to six-month backlog. It takes simple math to realize owners who have not yet equipped need to schedule their installations now or they may not find a shop that has the time to install their equipment by the mandate.” There are many popular upgrades being done today, more than just ADS-B installs. From a business perspective, MROs are faced with deciding what work to do and decisions like: does it make business sense to accomplish a small work scope project or single piece of equipment installation, as opposed to a full cockpit/avionics upgrade project that includes ADSB-Out? MROs have to consider the large dollar projects versus the one off ADS-B installation project. Some customers may want to align a heavy check or other upgrade or refurbishment work with the ADS-B Out equipage. With limited hangar capacity and manpower, well again, go to the calendar and do the math. One of the installation centers I spoke with has an extensive satellite network to accomplish the smaller install jobs so the main facilities can concentrate on the larger projects. Many if not most of the STCs for installations are developed by the MROs working together with equipment OEMs. These installation centers are dealers for the avionics OEMs. The companies I spoke with have slowed or stopped developing new ADS-B Out STCs as there appears to be a solution for most aircraft. The involvement and planning of ADS-B Out installations can vary immensely as the equipment requirements vary based on the customer. For example, working with a Part 135 operator wanting to implement a standardized ADS-B solution for multiple business jets is very different from the install for a private aircraft owner regardless if it’s a turboprop, jet, or a single-engine piston airplane. It appears to get down to this. When business is good available hangar space and manpower (capacity) becomes constrained. There is a limited number of skilled avionics technicians right now US GA Fixed-Wing Equipage and Avionics Performance Number of Aircra 45,000 40,000 35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 1-Jan-18 1-Feb-18 1-Mar-18 1-Apr-18 1-May-18 1-Jun-18 31,994 33,065 34,246 35,536 36,706 37,991 41,673 40,368 39,163 37,941 36,705 35,548 3,626 3,539 3,681 3,611 3,648 3,668 Equipped Good Installs NPE Aircraft Data excludes Experimental & LSA aircraft FA A WEBSITE ENGINE INTELLIGENCE. HUMAN EXPERTISE. At Pratt & Whitney's Customer Training Center, we present innovative learning experiences – including 3D and VR, online and hands-on – to support your maintenance, engine performance and fleet management needs. Our team is dedicated to advancing jet engine knowledge and maintenance techniques. Backed by our EngineWise global network to support you anytime, anywhere. Learn more at

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