Dassault Falcon has developed a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip Falcon 2000 and 2000EX operators with ADS-B Out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out) retrofit for in service aircraft (ADS-B is included in the newest generation of Dassault’s EASy Flight Deck, EASy II.)
“Any time there is an opportunity to enhance safety, we look to see how we can capitalize on that for our operators,” said Frank Youngkin, Senior Vice President of Customer Service for Dassault Falcon. “Although the mandated deadline to install ADS-B is still some time away, it’s clear that there are operational advantages that can be realized by deploying the technology today, and we have worked hard to make this available to Falcon operators in the shortest time possible.”
The STC Data Package calls for replacing existing transponders with upgraded units that support the new protocol, along with wiring and other related components. It can be installed by any Dassault Service Center as well as any Authorized Service Center. EASA certification for the STC package is expected in the first quarter of 2012. A similar STC is expected to be available for Falcon 50EX operators by the end of November, 2011.
ADS-B is a surveillance technology for tracking aircraft and is part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The satellite-based system optimizes flight paths and allows for reduced separation in areas of limited or no radar coverage. The FAA-mandated deadline to install ADS-B Out on all aircraft is 2020. Other airworthiness authorities are adopting it sooner; Australia’s CASA has mandated a deadline of 2013 and the EASA has mandated a retrofit deadline of 2017. The ADS-B infrastructure is expected to be fully complete by 2013. The technology has been used successfully in parts of Alaska and Canada and some areas of the U.S. for more than 10 years.