The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s (AAIB) just-released final report on the fatal crash of an AgustaWestland A109E in January last year in central London does not suggest new causes, but investigators recommend preventative measures to avoid such collisions with obstacles in future.
Airservices Australia commissioned two new ground stations to support its national automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network as the country’s first ADS-B mandate approaches. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that aircraft flying above 29,000 feet be fitted with ADS-B avionics by December 12.
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization has launched an initiative to improve runway safety at airports that will provide a runway safety checklist for airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs), as well as key tips for both pilots and air traffic controllers. The effort includes a revised and updated education bookleton runway excursions, Unstable Approaches–ATC Considerations,as well as a smartphone app.
The road to future communications, navigation and surveillance operations will not include any major technology upheavals in user requirements before 2020, according to projected roadmaps presented at ICAO’s Air Navigation Conference in Montreal recently. In fact, new technologies mentioned for each of the three regimes were usually described in terms of their potential future benefits, with no suggestion of their actual readiness for implementation.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s symposium on performance-based navigation (PBN) runs from October 16 to October 19 at ICAO headquarters in Montreal. The event will include speakers and attendees from every PBN stakeholder group, including pilots, air traffic controllers, airlines, system manufacturers, regulators and air navigation service providers.
The recently announced Aireon joint venture to provide aircraft position reports from Iridium satellites equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receivers will help close gaps in the already extensive ADS-B coverage provided by Nav Canada, an Aireon partner.
With demonstrated benefits of reducing track miles, mitigating noise and lowering fuel burn and emissions, performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures are being adopted on a worldwide basis. But 15 years after Alaska Airlines flew the first procedures, widespread implementation of PBN is uneven and its benefits largely unrealized.
July marks a turning point from the “pioneer” phase of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in Europe to the approaching ADS-B mandate.
This month will mark a turning point from the “pioneer” phase to the mandate phase of Europe’s implementation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) for aircraft tracking and separation.
UK air navigation service provider Nats and lobbying association Oil & Gas UK last month switched their North Sea multilateration system to the “operational” mode, thus improving offshore flight safety. Controllers can now see helicopters on their radar screens in areas that are beyond the 80-nm reach of land-based radar. The multilateration system uses signal transmitters and receivers fitted to 16 offshore platforms.
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