The Mandates outlined below require you to have your aircraft upgraded and compliant by December 31, 2019, and this big date draws nearer each day. There may be as many as 6,000 aircraft still needing to be equipped, so each day you delay increases the challenges and uncertainty of getting your aircraft ready.
There’s no better time than NOW to get started on upgrading your aircraft!
By starting today, you will avoid the installation facility backlogs, component shortages, installation price increases, and most importantly – the inability to fly to your key destinations. Several business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul centers have the appropriate Supplemental Type Certificates to upgrade your aircraft for mandate compliance.
You now have flexibility and choice, but these opportunities lessen the longer you postpone.
Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC)
Improves and automates pre-set data messages between pilots and air traffic control:
- "Text messaging" between the pilot and the air traffic controller.
- Enhances Safety by providing clear text instructions/communications in place of voice transmissions.
- Quicker ATC responses.
- Automates routine tasks.
Honeywell FANS CPDLC Solutions
Provides direct data link communication between the pilot and the air traffic controller, allowing more aircraft to safely and efficiently utilize a given volume of airspace:
- FANS 1/A provides CPDLC for oceanic/remote regions operations with Satcom as the primary means of communication.
- FANS 1/A is utilized on the North Atlantic Tracks (NAT) – a series of six "highways" across the North Atlantic – will apply to all flight levels in these tracks in 2020.
- FANs also provides ADS-C (automated position reporting) which is a significant benefit over using HF for voice reports. Up to you whether you want to add that.
- January 2020 - Entire NAT Region - All Flight Levels.
Is a mechanism for pilots and ATC to send pre-set or “canned” data messages between the ground and the aircraft over land in Europe:
- Primary communication is via VHF Data Link (VDL) Mode 2 Radio.
- Also known as Link 2000+.
- Utilizes the ATN protocol.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) - REQUIRED TO FLY IN 2020
Uses satellite-based GPS technology to determine an aircraft’s location, airspeed and other data:
- The ADS-B Out Mandate requires 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) Mode S capabilities.
- Air traffic control doesn’t have to rely on radar to separate air traffic, allowing for tighter aircraft spacing and higher traffic capacity in congested airspace.
- Aircraft use GPS to determine its position and automatically transmit it – these position reports are significantly more accurate and update more quickly than radar.
Addresses identified safety issue with TCAS II Version 7.0 to prevent incorrect pilot responses for European airspace:
- Replaced "Adjust vertical speed, adjust" RA with a new Level off, level off RA which required a reduction of vertical rate to 0 ft/min.
- Data identified numerous TCAS II Version 7.0 cases where pilots did not respond correctly to the "Adjust vertical speed, adjust" Resolution Advisories (RA). The vertical rate was increased rather than reduced.