ACSS–a division of L-3–yesterday afternoon marked the production of its 10,000th TCAS (traffic alert and collision avoidance system), presenting the unit to Dassault Falcon. “We’re proud to celebrate this important milestone with one of our esteemed customers,” said Kris Ganase, president of L3’s Aviation Products Group. The TCAS 3000 is the standard collision avoidance system on board Dassault’s complete line of business jets.
About one third of the 10,000 ACSS TCAS units sold are installed on business jets, and ACSS said it has captured about 40 percent of the total market for TCAS on business jets. ACSS TCAS is standard equipment on all large-cabin Gulfstreams; the Cessna Citation X, XLS and Sovereign; Embraer Legacy 600; Bombardier Global 5000; Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 4000; and Bombardier Learjet 40, 40XR, 60 and 60XR.
ACSS also announced here that the TCAS 3000SP and RCZ-852 mode-S transponder are now offered as options on the Citation Mustang, giving operators the further option of upgrading the TCAS to include ADS-B In.
In other news breaking here, ACSS has received FAA TSO authorization for SafeRoute-SAMM (surface area movement management) for use on Class 2 electronic flight bags. “This allows more business jet operators to take advantage of the benefits of SafeRoute-SAMM because the cost of purchasing and installing a Class 2 EFB is considerably lower than for the Class 3 EFB,” the company noted. SafeRoute SAMM generates a moving-map display of an airport surface that shows own-ship position and other traffic during taxiing, takeoff and landing. The NTSB has been expressing growing concern recently about the hazards of runway incursions at airports.