The newest phase of the FAA’s NextGen airspace redesign, tagged the “North Texas Metroplex” project, took effect September 18 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the addition of a number of new arrival and departure procedures. The new procedures replace the older standard terminal arrival routes (Stars) and standard instrument departures (SIDs) at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) airports.
Air traffic control
The task force set up in early August by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to assess risks to aircraft operating in conflict zones has defined a work program with two immediate objectives.
Satellite-based surveillance developer Aireon will provide a free emergency tracking system for aircraft when the satellite constellation it will use is launched and operating, as expected, in 2017. Aireon announced the service on September 22, saying the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines fFlight 370 earlier this year makes global emergency tracking “essential.”
Controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) services will be launched in Hungarian airspace beginning next February to improve air safety, as well as to increase airspace efficiency. CPDLC capabilities for ATC become mandatory from February next year as a part of the Single European Sky program for harmonizing air traffic management.
To improve situational awareness and gather more specific data about helicopter movements and helicopter noise, the FAA is requesting that pilots of civil helicopters operating under VFR at or below 6,000 feet in the Los Angeles Basin squawk transponder code 1205 between September 1 and Feb. 27, 2015. Law enforcement and other first-responder helicopters have been asked to squawk 1206. However, both rotary- and fixed-wing pilots should continue to squawk 1201 when flying in the L.A. Special Flight Rules Corridor.
The final report by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) on the April 13, 2013 crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 in Bali cited the airliner’s pilots and their loss of situational awareness as the primary cause of the accident. Four people were seriously injured when the aircraft crashed into water just short of the runway although no lives were lost.
The Jamaica Defense Force today is expected to resume efforts to locate wreckage from the Daher-Socata TBM900 that crashed into the Caribbean Sea around 14 miles off the northeast coast of Jamaica shortly after 2 p.m. on September 5. Jamaican search efforts were suspended late on September 7 because of weather, and earlier that day the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search operations, which had involved a C-130, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the cutter Webber.
Sept. 26, 2014
Helicopter Ambulance Departure Rules Simplified
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) planned to conduct functional flight tests of an unmanned aircraft detect-and-avoid (DAA) system early this month in advance of trials on the NASA Ikhana Predator B slated to begin in November.
As more aircraft equip with ADS-B out capability, which broadcasts position, velocity, altitude and other information in unencrypted formats on easily received frequencies, business aircraft operators are concerned about whether they can continue blocking their aircraft from display on flight-tracking websites.
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