Texas State Technical College (TSTC) recently selected Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS), wholly-owned subsidiary of S3, to complete avionics upgrades for its primary pilot training fleet in Waco, TX. Over the next twelve months, KBFS, an FAA Part 145 Certified Avionics Repair Station, will modernize the college’s fixed wing training aircraft with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system.
The ADS-B “OUT” module uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to determine the aircraft’s precise location and other dynamic data such as airspeed and altitude, and automatically broadcasts digital information to ground network stations. These stations in turn relay the information to Air Traffic Control operator displays and nearby aircraft similarly equipped with the ADS-B “IN” module. This enables General Aviation aircraft, like the TSTC training fleet, to immediately receive traffic and weather advisories directly onto available cockpit displays.
TSTC is one of the leading providers of fixed and rotary wing pilot training curriculums in a degree program in the state of Texas. KBFS is located at the Draughon-Miller Temple Airport where it offers General Aviation Maintenance and Avionics repairs, Part 141 flight training, aerial photography, environmental surveys and control, support to law enforcement, and aerial firefighting. KBFS is also a certified dealer for several avionics manufacturers and is one of the first Part 145 operations in Central Texas to offer state-of-the-art avionics testing and installation of the ADS-B.
Published by: System Studies & Simulation, Inc. (S3)