AAC achieves STC for CPDLC/FANS on VIP BBJ

Associated Air Center (AAC) has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 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 Business Jet (BBJ) VIP model aircraft.
tThe STC was completed at AAC's FAR-145 FAA Repair Station at Dallas Love Field and delivered to the customer on 23 December 2015. The CPDLC/FANS system was installed and certified during a regularly scheduled aircraft maintenance event.ttThe project included the installation of a new FANS compliant Flight Management System (FMS), a FANS compliant Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), an upgrade to the existing Inmarsat Satcom system, a new FANS compliant Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) equipped with a back-up battery, a new VHF communications antenna, a new Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna and a new Inmarsat Satcom communications antenna.tt“Our in-house technicians provided all the technical support for mechanical, stress, electrical/avionics and systems engineering and developed the engineering data package to support the installation and integration of this system for this out-of-production, private VIP BBJ aircraft operator,” explained James Colleary, AAC’s president.ttThe new STC will provide BBJ customers an FAA approved solution that supports VIP customer missions, including international destinations that require CPDLC/FANS compliance, for better flight planning along heavily congested direct routes and flight levels that help to optimise fuel burn/range for these operators.

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