Air-traffic - Cheaper To Replace Whole Plane Than Upgrading to ADS-B... Really? Ottawa to Buy New Expensive Bombardier Global Executive Jets...
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November 11, 2019 - by Glen McGregor for
OTTAWA -- The federal government could be forced to buy new executive jets to transport the prime minister and other VIPs because of changes to air-traffic control rules in the U.S. and Europe.
Two of the four Challenger jets currently used by the Canadian Forces for executive transport lack the equipment needed to comply with the new ADS-B system, which replaces radar-based air-traffic control with the transmission of GPS-based data.
That will curtail the aircraft's ability to fly in the U.S. and Europe beginning next year.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has set Jan. 1, 2020, as the date aircraft will require ADS-B transmitters to operate legally in most airspace. Europe is implementing the system in June 2020.
It doesn't make sense to install the equipment on two of older 1980s-era Challenger 601 jets flown by 412 Squadron, the defence department says.
"Given the age of the fleet, investing in an ADS-B modification/upgrade would not be cost effective," the department said in an email.
"We are therefore looking at other mitigation options. Timelines and costs will be determined once options have been selected."...
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