Hillsboro Aviation announced Tuesday that it has an agreement with Hillsboro Aero Academy to install ADS-B in the largest helicopter training fleet in the Northwest. The agreement states that Hillsboro Aviation will perform the installations on the academy’s fleet of 24 helicopters by the end of 2016, with the expectation to complete ADS-B installations on the remaining fleet of 53 airplanes.
“We selected Hillsboro Aviation because of their commitment to quality service and expertise in avionics installations,” said Jon Hay, President & CEO of Hillsboro Aero Academy. “The hardware we selected for our helicopter installations will provide ADS-B traffic and weather to pilots’ tablets via a Wi-Fi signal onboard the aircraft. We believe that this added functionality will enhance the quality of training and flight safety at our school.”
According to the FAA database, there are more than 38,000 aircraft that need to be installed with ADS-B in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Northern California by January 1, 2020. There are approximately 30 avionics shops in the same area, leaving an average of 1,266 aircraft to be installed with ADS-B per shop over a four-year period.
“We are excited to help Hillsboro Aero Academy take this proactive approach towards ADS-B,” said Max Lyons, President and owner of Hillsboro Aviation and Chairman of Helicopter Association International. “As an operator of our own fleet, we understand the urgency associated with getting your name on the list before shops are overrun with last-minute installs.”