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OCT 2018

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24 OCTOBER 2018 COVER STORY BUSINESS AVIATION PIMP YOUR PLANE As owners scramble to meet the looming ADS-B mandate, many are seizing the opportunity to deck out their planes with discretionary upgrades By Ronnie Wendt On the date this article was written, there were 470 days to Jan. 1, 2020. This is significant because the clock is counting down on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) ADS-B mandate, which requires aircraft to be equipped with ADS-B to fly into most controlled airspace by that date. In addition, any airspace that requires the use of a transponder today will also require aircraft to be equipped with Version 2 of the ADS-B Out system by Jan. 1, 2020, reports the FAA. ADS-B’s looming deadline is the impetuous behind many of today’s aircraft upgrades, reports Andrew Evans, director of marketing for Elliott Aviation, an authorized Embraer Phenom 100/300, Beechjet/Hawker 400XP, and King Air service center. He notes, “Customers are dealing with the potential of either upgrading their aircraft, or depending on the value of the aircraft, scrapping their airplane and getting something else.” There are a variety of retrofit programs available for owners to consider. Randy Deal, director of MRO sales for Signature TECHNICair, reports some aircraft have just “one or two logical solutions, while others have a variety of options, including up to a complete flight deck replacement.” Selecting which option is best requires directors of maintenance to work with MROs to consider desired functionality, price point, and the pros and cons of each available option. Moving forward, Evans predicts full cockpit retrofits will be very attractive to many aircraft owners. This retrofit will take approximately four to six weeks to complete and is something that MROs are currently pre-booking. Full cockpit retrofits are increasing in popularity, agrees Kerry Heiss, director of MRO sales and marketing for Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company that offers aircraft services and management. He notes Western Aircraft performed several

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