Field Aviation introduces Dash 8 ADS-B Out solution
Field Aviation has completed its development of its Dash 8 100/200/300 Series ADS-B Out solution, and will be delivering the first prefabricated kit this week.
May 8, 2017 By Field Aviation
Building on Field Aviation’s knowledge of the Dash 8 fleet, and on its existing TC-, FAA- and EASA-approved elementary surveillance transponder STC, the design provides a standardized approach to operators, allowing them to implement a common configuration across their fleet.
The Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out modification, in conjunction with Field’s expertise, allows the team to cater to all serial numbers of the classic Dash 8s. It has standardized architecture for the three main components needed for ADS-B Out; a transponder system, an accurate GPS source, and Air Data Computer (ADC) information.
Field Aviation’s transponder system STCs are on more than half of the classic Dash 8 fleet today, reducing the installation requirements for operators. Field Aviation can also provide an ADS-B Out modification that will address all transponder types should operators not have these STCs already installed.
The GPS source comes from the Flight Management System (FMS), and operators should be aware that their aircraft might require an FMS upgrade for more accurate positioning. Field Aviation offers WAAS FMS upgrades (UNS-1Ew, -1Fw and -1Lw), all of which have optional Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) capability and meet the TSO-C146c requirements that are being imposed by regulatory authorities.
“There are companies who entered the marketplace early with ADS-B Out modifications that only catered to specific regional requirements,” said Rob Baseggio, vice president, business development at Field Aviation. “Our strategy was to develop a modification which allows a standardized approach for the classic Dash 8 fleet, once the regulatory requirements were clearly defined and the avionics OEMs had finalized their equipment. We now have this stability in the market, and what we offer doesn’t require a customized design for each operator.”
Field Aviation’s ADS-B Out classic Dash 8 solution is compatible with Field Aviation’s flight deck modernization program, which removes over 40 1970s era LRUs, positioning fleets for many more productive years of operation.
With more than 70 years of experience creating unique technical solutions, Field Aviation is recognized as an industry leader in the design, manufacture, installation, flight test, and certification of modifications for commercial and special mission aircraft. Also recognized for its capabilities in avionics and interior upgrades, Field Aviation offers flight deck modernization, customized interior reconfigurations and refurbishments, and cargo conversions.
Field Aviation is also a parts manufacturing and sub-assembly center of excellence for aircraft OEMs, and an avionics equipment dealer and authorized service center. With its innovative team of engineers and technicians, Field Aviation consistently demonstrates its expertise and dedication to making ordinary aircraft extraordinary.