AINalerts » December 7, 2006

December 15, 2006 - 8:51am

The FAA might revive TCAS III. The system, which would add lateral resolution advisories (RA) to the current TCAS II’s vertical commands, was proposed many years ago but dropped after technical investigations showed that it would have been extremely difficult to develop and implement.

December 15, 2006 - 8:49am

More than 80 exhibitors and 30 aircraft are currently registered for the first Middle East Business Aviation convention, scheduled for January 31 and February 1 in Dubai. The event is organized by the UK’s Fairs & Exhibitions in alliance with the recently established Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).

December 15, 2006 - 8:41am

Europe’s skies have become safer since two landmark accidents, according to a new independent survey commissioned by ATC management agency Eurocontrol. The report, released Monday, says that the 42 European states surveyed have all “considerably strengthened” their ATC frameworks over the past four years. The accidents that prompted Eurocontrol to implement a strategic safety action plan (SSAP) were an Oct.

December 15, 2006 - 8:38am

China has disclosed that it intends to build a GPS-like global navigation system. Named Compass, the $2 billion system would have 30 satellites in medium earth orbits similar to the current GPS. Five additional satellites will provide WAAS-like and other functions, with a forecast 10-meter accuracy free to all users. Western experts predict likely operation between 2015 and 2020.

December 15, 2006 - 8:36am

Nine months later than planned, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for repair stations that would revise the system of ratings and require Part 145-certified repair stations to establish a quality assurance program.


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