AAC receives STC for CPDLC/FANS system on VVIP Boeing 757-200


Associated Air Center (AAC,) working jointly with StandardAero’s Springfield Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) delegation, has obtained an FAA STC for the installation of a Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) system, as part of the requirements for Future Air Navigation System (FANS), on a Boeing 757-200 manufactured in 1987.

“This certification represents another significant industry accomplishment,” said James Colleary, president of AAC. “Whenever an in-house team can develop an engineering data package to support the installation and integration of a FAA-certified CPDLC/FANS system for an out-of-production Boeing aircraft, it’s a serious technical achievement.”

The work included the installation of a new FANS-compliant flight management system, a new FANS-compliant aircraft communications addressing and reporting system, a new FANS-compliant Iridium satcom system, a new FANS-compliant cockpit voice recorder (equipped with a back-up battery, replacing the original CVR), a new VHF communications antenna, a new GPS antenna and a new Iridium communications antenna. The system was installed during a scheduled maintenance event and certified on July 24, 2015.

AAC completed a similar STC for a CPDLC/FANS system on a classic Boeing 737-300 in June 2015.

The project was completed at AAC’s MRO, FAR-145 FAA Repair Station at Dallas Love Field, Texas, USA.

July 31, 2015

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