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Berry fleet undergoes ADS-B Out installation
One down, nine to go; Berry Aviation has sent its EMB-120 fleet for ADS-B Out modification ahead of the FAA deadline in January.

Texas-based Berry Aviation has awarded a contract to provide ADS-B solutions for its fleet of Embraer EMB-120 aircraft to C&L Aviation, who will provide the Garmin solution to comply with the FAA ADS-B-Out mandate requiring compliance before 1 January, 2020.

“Working with C&L on this project has been a very smart choice,” says VP of maintenance Gary McCracken. “Its experience, knowledge and problem-solving ability have been great assets as we look to complete the ADS-B installations.”

C&L's production planning manager Chad Jones, along with a team from ARM International, completed the successful prototype installation in April 2019, and another nine aircraft are scheduled for completion by the end of July. Kits are currently being assembled at the C&L facility in Bangor, Maine in preparation for the installations.

“We are thrilled to be able to do this work for Berry Aviation,” adds C&L Aviation Services SVP of business development MRO Calvin Tuitt. “Berry has been very flexible and accommodating in working with us to make this happen so quickly.”

Berry Aviation is an American charter airline based in San Marcos, Texas, US. It was established and started operations in 1983 and operates charter passenger and cargo flights as well as work for the US Postal Service. Its main base is San Marcos Municipal airport.

C&L offers the Garmin GTX 3000 paired with either the Garmin GDL 88 or Universal WAAS GPS source solution for a variety of regional and corporate aircraft types including Dash-8, Beech 1900D, EMB-120, Beechjet 400A, Hawker 800 series, Challenger series and Gulfstream. C&L also completed an STC certification in the autumn of 2018 for an ADS-B solution for the Saab 340 aircraft which can also be used for transponder/GPS pairing in other Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft, and was used in this particular solution. The company offers multiple manufacturers' solutions of ADS-B for the corporate aircraft market as the FAA-2020 mandate approaches.

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