News Clips: Farnborough 2010
ITT Has Traffic Data for Commercial Customers
ITT Corp. has announced the commercial availability of real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking data, marking the first-ever sale of data collected through the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network being deployed by ITT as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen initiative.
The ITT data will provide the most accurate situational-awareness information available in the U.S. National Airspace System and can be used to optimize the business operations of customers, such as airlines, airport operators and companies providing services tied to aviation activities.
As part of the ADS-B contract, ITT has developed an open, scalable and secure system architecture that fuses real-time nationwide data from multiple FAA-trusted surveillance sources, including the ADS-B network, the existing terminal and en route air traffic control radars and the output from the Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), a runway safety system that is being deployed at the 35 busiest U.S. airports.
Hamilton Sundstrand Wins New APU Contracts
Hamilton Sundstrand announced three contracts for its auxiliary power units (APUs) here at the show on Tuesday.
Qatar Airways has picked the Hamilton Sundstrand APS3200 APU for its 24 new Airbus A320s, and Rockwell Collins has selected the T-62T-48LC-1 APU for installation in the prototype U.S. Navy E-6B Tacamo, as part of the Block 1A ECP program, for operational evaluation.
Finally, the U.S. Army aviation and missile command (Amcom) has awarded Hamilton Sundstrand (Hall 3 Stand B25e) a five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for follow-on T-62-T-40-1 APUs. This contract is to support the production of Sikorsky Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. The APUs will be supplied to Sikorsky’s production line as government-furnished equipment. The Amcom contract specifies an estimated quantity of 482 APUs over its duration, with a maximum of 1,000.
Sesar Family Grows with 13 New Partners
Sesar Joint Undertaking (SJU) this week endorsed 13 associate partners to contribute to the SESAR, the Single European Sky ATM Research Program, whose purpose is to create an evolution in air traffic management by bringing together the concerns and requirements of public and private stakeholders in the air traffic system.
Of the 13 selected associates, seven are providers of air navigation services, five are industry partners and one is an airport operator. The 13 are: Nav Portugal, Avtech Sweden, Boeing, LVNL consortium, Skyguide, ONDA (Moroccan airports authority), Belgocontrol, Lockheed Martin UK, PANSA (Polish Air Navigation Services Agency), NATS Services, SEA Aeroporti di Milano, Thales Australia and Thales Raytheon Systems.
Agreements between the sponsoring members and their respective associate partners are expected to be finalized during the last quarter of this year.
New Skyeye 350 Can Survey Oil Spills
Aerial Surveillance Systems Inc. (ASSI) has joined forces with German sensor specialist Optimare to launch an airborne oil-spill monitoring system based on ASSI’s SkyEye 350 surveillance aircraft, which in turn, is based on the King Air 350 platform. Optimare provides the surveillance equipment in the form of its Medusa system. It integrates the company’s oil-spill sensors, plus others such as the Flir Systems Star Safire HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), into a package that provides spill detection and analysis. It has applications in the spotting of illegal discharge and, of course, in coordinating the response to major spills.