GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business announces Air Iceland order for ADS-B Out

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Papendrecht, GKN Aerospace’s business unit Fokker received an order from Air Iceland (Flugfelag Islands) for the introduction of the ADS-B Out modification on the Dash 8-Q200 and Dash 8-Q400.

ADS-B out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) is a common system on-board many aircraft that automatically broadcasts relevant data from the aircraft towards air traffic management organizations. ADS-B out data includes the identity of the aircraft, the GPS location and direction of flight. The current ADS-B out systems need to be improved, to ensure higher accuracy and reliability of the broadcasted data. Once this is achieved, it will become possible to optimize the airspace, fly more economical routes in terms of costs and energy use, and minimize the use of ground radar stations. 

A new version of ADS-B out, ensuring the improved data accuracy and reliability, is mandated on all flying aircraft in both Europe and the US by 2020. The ADS-B out mandate in 2020 requires a retrofit to almost all aircraft currently flying. The retrofit involves an upgrade or replacement of two major cockpit systems: the ATC Transponder and GPS Receiver.

Fokker Services has positioned itself as a full solution provider for aircraft operators to comply to the ADS-B out mandate. This includes a fully certified design (STC), all updates of relevant aircraft documentation, a complete modification kit to install on the aircraft and installation support. Extensive experience in upgrading cockpit systems on a wide range of aircraft ensures Fokker Services’ capability to service all commonly used aircraft platforms.

Air Iceland marks the start of the ADS-B Out program for Fokker Services. With its innovative product offering, Fokker expects to gain substantial market share in both the US and EU market for ADS-B out retrofits, driving revenue in its modification business line for the next few years.

Ed Bakkum, Regional Sales Manager at Fokker Services said: “Air Iceland is running a major operation with thousands of flights per year. We are pleased and proud that we again can contribute to this operation with our innovative ADS-B Out solution and to further emphasize our long lasting relationship.”

Editor’s notes

Air Iceland, which is a part of Icelandair Group, is a dynamic company with about 240 employees with firm roots that go back to the start of aviation in Iceland. Air Iceland is a flexible yet powerful airline servicing domestic flights in Iceland and the North Atlantic countries. It operates two Bombardier Dash 8-Q200 and three Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.

GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 55,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.

GKN Aerospace is a global first tier supplier of wing, fuselage and engine structures, nacelle systems, landing gear and wiring systems, transparencies, ice protection systems and aftermarket services, with sales of GBP2.5bn in 2015 and a global workforce of over 17,000 employees. It has a significant participation on all major aircraft programmes today and a broad customer base spanning commercial, military, business aerospace and space markets. The company’s extensive engineering capability and clear focus on targeted innovation has created technological and manufacturing leads in each of its areas of expertise.

Fokker Technologies
Fokker Technologies is a business unit of GKN Aerospace and a leading global aerospace specialist that develops and manufactures highly engineered advanced aircraft systems and components for aircraft manufacturers and provides integrated maintenance services and products for aircraft owners and operators. The business was founded in 1919. Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, USA, China, India and Singapore, and employs approximately 4,950 people.

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Marianne Mulder, Digital Communications and Media Manager, marianne.mulder@fokker.com m: +31 (0)651311217