Textron Aviation has announced that they have just completed the ADS-B certification process for the Cessna Citation Mustang. With this final certification in place, the company reports that a “full range of cost-competitive ADS-B options” are now available for all their Citation, King Air, and Hawker aircraft. This includes retrofit modifications, which are available through Textron owned service centers.
According to Brad Thress, Textron’s Senior VP of Customer Service, “Taking care of our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring owners and operators across all our platforms are well-equipped to comply with the upcoming mandate requirements. We invite all Citation, King Air, and Hawker customers to take advantage of the in-house expertise on ADS-B solutions from the company that knows your aircraft best.”
Though the US has set a 2020 deadline for all aircraft to be ADS-B out capable, there are some regions, such as Australia and areas in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim, that already require ADS-B Out capability. In addition, Europe started requiring ADS-B Out on new aircraft earlier this year, with a retrofit deadline set for 2020.
However, Textron is assuring Citation, King Air, and Hawker customers that all aircraft they work on will be ADS-B compliant for any region in the world, saying that this benefit is unique “in that supplemental type certifications offered by third-party providers often only cover the aircraft in the country it is registered.” According to the company, they’ve already completed more than 1,000 ADB-B equipment installations this year alone.
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For customers interested in more information on bringing their aircraft into ADS-B compliance through Textron, they’ve set up a resource page on their website.
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