Delta Air Lines has equipped three Boeing 767-300ERs with ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) components from Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint venture between L-3 and Thales.
The avionics, installed under an FAA supplemental type certificate , are part of ACSS’s SafeRoute suite and include in-trail procedures (ITP) and surface area movement management solutions.
The three Delta airliners are among 12 slated to receive the equipment as part of Eurocontrol’s Cascade program, which is aimed at coordinating implementation of ADS-B avionics in Europe. As part of Cascade, the Delta 767-300ERs are now using in-trail procedures on North Atlantic routes.
Delta is the first of three operators ACSS is working with as part of Cascade. ACSS general manager Terry Flaishans said, “The Cascade program is validating the benefits of ADS-B and ITP. We look forward to more operators participating.”