Citing budget constraints, senior FAA management has apparently postponed the planned expansion of controller/pilot data link communications (CPDLC) trials beyond the present activity at the Miami ARTCC, AIN has learned. Industry sources report that the decision was based on the high costs of controller manpower.
Aviation International News » June 2003
After describing its GPS LAAS precision approach system contract as “imminent” for more than six months, the FAA in early May announced its award to Honeywell.
The Reason Foundation, a West Coast public policy think tank that promotes privatization of government, challenged the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) report that denounced ATC privatization, claiming that “corporatized” air traffic control providers handle more than 80 percent of the world’s air traffic and that safety has improved in countries such as Canada and the UK since these nations corporatized operations.
Privatization of the U.S. ATC system is a solution in search of a problem, according to a report commissioned by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).
Rumor has it the Bush Administration intends to sell off ATC to the highest bidder. As is the case with most rumors, there is a kernel of truth around which a mass of misunderstanding and misinformation has grown.
Perched at the top of Gulfstream’s lineup of luxury business jets sits the G550, a longer-legged and heavier version of the G500 for which the original GV and GV-SP lend their names. The $45 million G550’s list of improvements over the G500 includes true New York-to-Tokyo nonstop range, increased payload-carrying capability, higher cruise speed and shorter takeoff distances.
The annual avionics trade show hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association is a good place to get the lowdown on emerging industry trends and try out the latest cockpit and cabin gear from an array of manufacturers and suppliers.
Pentar’s newest airborne file server, the JetLAN AS200, combines PC hardware with avionics interface technology that provides what its developer calls as good a combination of performance, small size and low price as is available on the market. The $30,000 AS200 houses a pair of 50-gigabyte removable hard drives that are shock-mounted for use in turbulence.
Honeywell’s AIS-2000 OneView multi-region satellite television receiver has received FAA certification in four business jets–the Gulfstream IV; Bombardier Global Express and Challenger 604; and Boeing Business Jet. The system provides worldwide television viewing in airspace above the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, where the tail-mounted antenna has provided good reception performance, according to Honeywell.
Honeywell and Thales Avionics have taken the wraps off a new high-speed-data hardware package that enables the companies’ satcom systems to handle data at rates as high as 128 kbps. First installations of the HS-700/702 will enter service this summer, according to Ken Snodgrass, director of radio frequency communications systems for Honeywell’s business, regional and general aviation avionics division.