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Tips to Equip: Look Toward the Future

Nov 17, 2017
By: Stacy Honda, Marketing Manager

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is underlining the importance for aircraft owners to begin making “informed decisions about how to comply with emerging and existing regulatory mandates immediately by selecting the right equipment for their aircraft’s typical mission.” While it’s vital to plan your aircraft’s upgrades to meet upcoming mandates, it’s also essential to factor in operational capability improvements. In doing so, GAMA provides the following advice:

  • Upgrading an aircraft in a cost-effective manner should involve a strategic look at the operator’s plans for where and how the aircraft will be used over the next 3-to-5 years.
  • Operators should not only consider the immediate mandate in their airspace, but whether other upgrades should be undertaken when the aircraft is taken out of service.
  • As an example, an operator may want to also install Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)-navigation capability as part of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) upgrade and upgrade the aircraft’s Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) equipment. Many owners of piston general aviation airplanes have also upgraded their aircraft displays when upgrading their transponder to be ADS-B compliant.
  • Operators that conduct operations outside their home country should also consider mandates in oceanic airspace and in key regions such as Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, where traffic demands are driving the introduction of new operational requirements.

To learn more, visit GAMA’s “Equip for the Future” site.

When it comes to ADS-B Out solutions, the Universal solution is unique in that it promotes long-term operability and value for your aircraft. Before you decide on your aircraft’s ADS-B Out solution, we recommend speaking with one of our Sales Representatives to discuss what solution is best for your operations – now, but also 3, 5, or even 7 years from today.

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