Grupo Avemex, based in Toluca, Mexico, provides a full range of business aviation services including aircraft management and jet charter.
The company’s service center is a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) repair station and Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) maintenance workshop and for more than 30 years has been a Honeywell partner.
In common with other leading MRO companies, Avemex says that time is running out for aircraft operators to complete their avionics upgrades ahead of the introduction of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) mandates in 2020.
“Due to a shortage of products and capacity in maintenance centers, time is running out to get airplanes upgraded. If the work isn’t completed, operators risk having their aircraft grounded when the mandates are introduced,” said Miguel Beyer, service center manager, Avemex.
One aircraft that has recently had ADS-B Out installed by Avemex is a Cessna Citation X that is owned by an international consulting firm based in Mexico and that operates flights across North America to destinations including New York and Toronto.
“The December 31, 2019 limit for ADS-B Out compliance is not a joke,” said the aircraft’s chief pilot, Manual Vargas Ruiz. “The shortage of service centers and certified equipment for all the work to be completed is expected to get worse every week.”
The upgrade took four weeks to complete. It included upgrading a number of avionics units and modifications on the wiring, with Honeywell products at the heart of the solution.