ADS-B For Specialized Fleet Operations

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Equipping a large commercial GA fleet for the ADS-B mandate is both costly and challenging, especially for operators that have specialized aircraft. One operator in Rhode Island—Simmons Aviation Services—has a large fleet of aircraft used for aerial advertising, plus vintage warbirds. It recently certified aircraft with the budget-based ($1999) uAvionix tailBeacon ADS-B product, but not without some challenges. For this video, Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano spent the day observing the installations and talked with A&P Paul Pelletier and Simmons Aviation’s Mark Simmons about how to equip specialized models.

Larry Anglisano is a regular AVweb contributor and the Editor in Chief of sister publication Aviation Consumer magazine. He's an active land, sea and glider pilot, and has over 30 years experience as an avionics tech.