GKN Fokker Services has received the
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA for its ADS-B Out
modification for Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft.
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 organisations. ADS-B Out data includes the identity of
the aircraft, the GPS location and direction of flight.
Version 2 (DO260B), ADS-B Out system will become mandatory in 2020
in Europe, USA, UAE and various other countries. 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
optimisation of the airspace and minimise the use of ground radar
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
After obtaining EASA STCs for the Bombardier
Q400 and the Airbus A320 Family, GKN Fokker Services is extending
its ADS-B Out programme to other aircraft types. These include the
Boeing 737 Classic, 747, 757 and 767 as well as the Bombardier
Dash 8 Classic. GKN Fokker Services has said it will also apply for STCs from
the FAA and other airworthiness authorities.
Erik Lous, Product Manager ADS-B Out at GKN
Fokker Services, said, “We are once again pleased with our new
STC for ADS-B Out, this time for the Boeing Next-Generation 737
aircraft. Our ADS-B Out modification will allow our customers to
modify their aircraft very cost-effectively and with a minimum of
downtime, typically during just one or two overnight checks.
Furthermore, with our STC, the customer has the option to replace
the existing transponders with transponders from different