ADS-B Out upgrades uneconomical for 11% of Europe’s jets, says report


New research from marketing, resale and purchase of pre-owned private aircraft specialists Colibri Aircraft has found that it may be uneconomical to upgrade around 11.3% of Europe’s fleet of private jets with ADS-B Out, a new monitoring system that becomes mandatory in 2020.

ADS-B Out is a new monitoring system that broadcasts where an aircraft is at all times. It is already a requirement for aircraft in Asia to have this, and in the USA and Europe it becomes mandatory in January and June 2020 respectively.

ADS-B Out parts and installation costs can vary widely from US$25,000 to US$200,000. The study reveals that just over 11% of Europe’s fleet of private jets are valued at US$750,000 or less and were built in 1996 or before, possibly making it uneconomical for them to be upgraded with the new communications system. This is particularly true of older aircraft where modifications to comply with this new mandate either do not exist or are extremely expensive.

The research by Colibri Aircraft predicts that many of these aircraft will be broken up and sold off as parts as the cost of compliance becomes economically unjustifiable when compared to the value of the aircraft.

Oliver Stone, managing director, Colibri Aircraft, said, “The value of certain business aircraft in Europe may mean it’s not worth spending tens of thousands, and sometimes hundreds of thousands, of pounds installing ADS-B Out in them. It will become even harder for these owners to sell their aircraft in one piece, so I predict a large number will be broken-up and sold as parts to maintenance companies.”

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