2 December, 2017: Lufthansa Technik AG has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for modifications on the Airbus A320 Family aircraft to fit them with second-generation "Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast" (ADS-B) transponders. Completion of this modern airspace surveillance technology modification by 2020 has been prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aviation authorities require that, in future, all aircraft can be traced globally using GPS-based aircraft data.
Lufthansa Technik can now equip the first customer aircraft with the new transponders, which fulfill the DO-260 B RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) standard. The new technology will considerably enhance the localisation of aircraft and therefore airspace safety. In the course of modification, it may also be necessary to replace the GPS signal source.
"We can now offer our customers the appropriate ADS-B modifications with original manufacture components and regulatory approval," says Thomas Rueckert, vice president Base Maintenance Services at Lufthansa Technik AG.
The STC for ADS-B on the Airbus A320 family will be followed by certifications for other aircraft like Airbus A330/340, the Boeing 747, 777 and MD11.