GKN Aerospace has successfully obtained an EASA STC for the ADS-B Out modification for the Airbus A320 family

Friday 26 January 2018

SmartLynx launching customer for ADS-B Out modification on the A320. New easy to install form-fit ATC Transponders.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business has obtained the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA for the introduction of the ADS-B Out modification on the Airbus A320 fleet. Last year Fokker was selected by SmartLynx, Latvia for the ADS-B Out installation on its A320 fleet.

After having obtained the STC’s for the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft last year, Fokker is now introducing upgrades or new ATC Transponders for the Airbus A320. New Transponders are a form-fit replacement for legacy Transponders which need to be replaced. In the meantime, Fokker has also applied for the FAA STC which is expected within a few months.

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. A new ADS-B Out system will become mandatory in 2020 in Europe and the USA. The new ADS-B Out mandate involves an upgrade or replacement of two major cockpit systems: the ATC Transponder and GPS Receiver. This will enable optimization of the airspace and minimize the use of ground radar stations. In the next decade, most of the airspace throughout the globe will be using ADS-B as the primary means of surveillance, replacing radar. This will include the oceanic environment (Satellite ADS-B).

Erik Lous, Product Manager ADS-B Out at Fokker Services: “We are pleased to have obtained the STC for ADS-B Out modification with the new Transponders. This will allow customers to modify the aircraft with a minimum of downtime. The STC was obtained in the shortest possible time thanks to our engineering team, our airworthiness department and support by EASA. The lessons learned in this project are a solid basis for our other ADS-B out certification projects for a wide range of aircraft types, both regional as well as other aircraft types”

Editor’s Notes:
SmartLynx Airlines was founded in 1992 as a private airline with its headquarters being located in Riga, Latvia. SmartLynx Airlines specialises in full-service ACMI (Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance), i.e., aircraft lease services and is the leading ACMI provider in EU on Airbus A320 aircraft. Airline also ensures full charter operation for its home markets in Latvia and Estonia, predominantly in the leisure market. The airline’s fleet consists of 13 Airbus A320 aircraft and 1 Airbus 321 aircraft that ensure flights in Europe, Asia and Africa.

GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 58,000 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 £9.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2016. 

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies– for use in aircraft ranging from helicopters and business jets to the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world. Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Services business is an aerospace services provider, supporting a wide range of commercial and defense aircraft. Services range from Type Certificate Holder-related product support to component availability programs to a wide range of aircraft owners and operators. 
GKN Aerospace is market leading in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems and operates in 14 countries at 52 manufacturing locations employing approximately 18,000 people. 

For further information, on this release please contact:
Marianne Mulder, Digital Communications and Media Manager, GKN Aerospace 
TEL: +31 78 6419848 Mobile: +31 6 513 112 17.  Email: Marianne.mulder@fokker.com