Avionics News December 2014 - 4
A resolution to keep
s another calendar year comes to an end,
average amount of man-hours to complete an installation
most people traditionally reflect on the last 12
on a Part 23 aircraft is 34 hours or approximately four
months and recount triumphs they achieved as well as
days. In the Part 25 world, average man-hours increase to
challenges faced. We then set about creating resolutions
57 hours, with more complex installations taking closer to
for the new year to either enhance the triumphs or resolve
100 hours. Each of those aircraft can plan to spend about
to work harder on the challenges. For most of us, those
11 days in the shop to achieve airworthiness in the 2020
resolutions last through the first quarter, and our tenacity to
fix whatever it is that needs repair is lost in the shuffle of
In addition, more than 75 percent of the shops reporting
indicate they will increase capacity through new
As we close 2014, it will be no different.
hires and increased overtime hours to meet the
But I expect for those of us in the aviation
demand. Folks, that's job creation!
industry, instead of reflecting backward, our
In its effort to keep on track and make good
focus will gaze forward on the coming year;
on its pledge not to extend the mandate, the
and perhaps, even the next five years ahead.
FAA is opening its doors at headquarters and
Five years from now, the deadline for
inviting industry inside to roll up our sleeves
ADS-B Out equipage for all aircraft operating
and, together, create an effective business plan.
in designated airspace will be upon us. While
At a recent "ADS-B Call to Action Summit"
five years may sound like plenty of time for
organized by the FAA in late October, nearly
our collective selves to get our acts together, let's look at
100 individuals representing nearly every segment of
some simple math.
aviation shared the challenges, obstacles and opportunities
Between now and Jan. 1, 2020, there are less than 1,300
of meeting the deadline. The common themes expressed
working days, and the Federal Aviation Administration
by each segment of industry included regulatory approval
estimates nearly 160,000 U.S.-registered airplanes
constraints, lack of product and service bulletin support
(approximately 6,000 of that number are commercial
for air transport category aircraft, and the lack of aircraft
aircraft) still need to be equipped. This equates to
owners' motivation to spend the money to equip with no
approximately 125 airplanes per day needing to be
clearly defined benefits in return.
equipped. Let me repeat: nearly 125 aircraft per day in
These are all valid concerns, and each must be addressed
the next 1,300 working days. Even if we conservatively
if we are to indeed meet the mandate in five short years. In
estimate equipping 100,000 planes, the math still demands
my remarks at the Call to Action event, I shared with the
80 aircraft per day parked inside installation hangars.
audience that the general aviation repair station industry is
Can we handle it? If we start immediately, yes we can.
ready, willing and able to meet the mandate. Repair stations
In a recent Aircraft Electronics Association survey
are trained, have the proper equipment and tools to perform
conducted amongst its more than 700 U.S.-based repair
the task, and are gearing up for the demand. In turn, I
stations, we found that 85 percent of the reporting shops
have already performed an ADS-B Out installation. The
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