Even though the FAA is providing funding for several airlines to purchase ADS-B equipment, the agency likely will not be able to mandate ADS-B in technology by 2020, as it is required to do by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Transportation Department inspector general Calvin Scovel III told Congress yesterday.
Avionics and ATC
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit; and news, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.
Garmin’s eLearning online training for the G5000 flight deck blazes a trail in avionics tuition, combining elements of voice-guided demonstration followed by hands-on practice. AIN tested the demo version of the full G5000 Essentials course, which is a portion of the full G5000 eLearning program. The entire G5000 eLearning course costs $699 for a 180-day subscription.
Aspen Avionics signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NextGen GA Fund, a public-private partnership that will provide up to $1.3 billion in financing over the next 10 years for NextGen avionics upgrades in general aviation (GA) aircraft. The MoU provides the framework for Aspen and the fund to work together to promote the rollout of NextGen to the GA community.
FltPlan.com’s free FltPlan Go iPad app, available at the Apple App Store, was formally released last week. The new app uses the same flight-planning data in the app or on the company’s website.
“Since the service was born on the web, FltPlan’s servers save all flight-planning information and user documents,” said company president Ken Wilson. “Should a pilot’s mobile device, including an iPad, become unavailable, the pilot is just one Internet connection away from his data.”
Banyan Air Service will host a free NextGen seminar next Thursday at its Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport headquarters. It will include hands-on experience using the equipment that meets the North Atlantic Fans-1/A mandates and the European mandate for Link 2000+, as well as a live demonstration of controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC). In addition, the seminar will outline the benefits of ADS-B/C and Fans-1/A under FAA NextGen. Attendees must register at Banyan’s website.
NBAA welcomed changes announced and enacted yesterday by the FAA to streamline the process for aircraft operators seeking a letter of authorization (LOA) for operations in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace above FL280. According to NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations Mark Larsen, the FAA’s final policy is in line with recommendations made by a task force to improve the LOA inspection process, while maintaining operational safety in the National Airspace System.
Airport and aircraft sales information provider Globalair.com has added GPS locating to its FBO Fuel Prices Apple iOS app. The new GPS functionality allows pilots to use the app in the air to view fuel prices for nearby airports and easily compare prices in a particular area. The FBO Fuel Prices app costs $3.99 (one-time fee) and is continually updated with fuel prices from the more than 3,000 FBOs in the Globalair.com Airport Resource database. Most fuel prices are updated frequently and none is more than 30 days old.
BizjetMobile has introduced the new Grrrilla Inmarsat-based portable communications device, which allows airborne users to access the Internet and send text messages and emails from almost anywhere in the world. Unlike its current Iridium-based systems, BizjetMobile’s Grrrilla enables users to download email attachments or surf the Internet for as long as needed.
Aircraft instrumentation and control systems company Safe Flight Instrument promoted Matthew Greene to executive vice president. Since joining Safe Flight in October 2003, Greene has taken on increasing roles of responsibility within the organization, most recently as vice president of program management, where he led improvements in new product time to market and aligned the company’s growth objectives to meet customer and regulatory requirements. In his new role, he will be responsible for maximizing operating performance and achieving financial goals.