Air traffic control

October 22, 2013 - 9:55pm

Any flight-planning product called RocketRoute (Booth No. C9430, N1216) ought to be quick, and company co-founders Kurt Lyall, Justin Coelho and Uwe Nitsche promise that their IFR flight planner can create even the most complicated international routings fast, all through the wonder of clean sheet software and cloud-based processing.

October 22, 2013 - 6:15pm

According to Newport News, Virginia-based ICG, the FAA has issued the first supplemental type certificate (STC) for an Iridium-based avionics platform on a business jet conforming to the RTCA DO-262A data link standard. DO-262A is the standard required for design approval of data link communications systems supporting air traffic services, per FAA advisory circular AC 20-140A.

October 22, 2013 - 1:55pm

West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill. is expecting to obtain an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) in the first quarter of 2014 for its RVSM solution for the Cessna Conquest II. The solution includes a dual-side Garmin G600 avionics display system and S-Tec 2100 digital autopilot.

October 22, 2013 - 8:15am
Aviation fuel taxes imposed on general aviation raise $622 million annually, according to the FAA. General aviation lobby groups believe that the aviation fuel tax is the fairest and most efficient way to collect GA’s contribution to air traffic control system costs.

The debate rages on.

Should general aviation pay more toward the cost of the nation’s air traffic control system, especially if it would hasten the implementation of the NextGen air traffic control (ATC) system and depoliticize FAA funding? If so, is the current system of fuel and excise taxes the best way to do it?

October 22, 2013 - 7:55am
Avionics 2020 flight deck

The Avionics 2020 flight deck is ready for NextGen and Sesar’s advanced ATM requirements, according to Thales. For example, head of cockpit innovation Denis Bonnet pointed out that taxi route guidance is available.

October 21, 2013 - 5:01pm
Capitol Hill protest

While the U.S. Congress passed legislation on October 16 that put an end to the 16-day government shutdown, getting agencies such as the FAA fully back up to speed will likely take weeks–adding to the adverse impact widely felt within the general aviation community and beyond.

“While the agreement reached does reopen the government, it may be some time before services at the FAA and other agencies are fully restored to pre-shutdown effectiveness,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

October 21, 2013 - 12:50pm

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) wasted no time after the U.S. government’s reopening to highlight the damage it says has been done to the country’s aviation system, reminding users that getting things rolling again may not be as simple as flipping a switch.

October 21, 2013 - 12:20pm

The NBAA has warned flight crews executing the TRTLL STAR into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to be alert for a system glitch that might command an aircraft’s FMS to descend to 4,000 feet at MONKZ when the aircraft should actually remain at 11,000 feet. The 4,000 foot altitude depicted is an MEA at MONKZ, not a crossing altitude.

October 21, 2013 - 12:15pm

The Finnish Air Traffic Controllers’ Association announced it will strike at the Finnish Area Control Center in Tampere, beginning October 30. The union said air traffic controllers in Tampere will walk off the job between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time. Controllers are protesting a plan to move the Finnish ATC center from Tampere to Vantaa, approximately 100 miles southeast.

October 21, 2013 - 11:35am
l-r: Mike Mitera, Chicago Jet Group director of operations, Paul DeHerrera, CEO of Universal Avionics, L. Scott Trainum, CEO of ICG

Chicago Jet Group has received the first-ever FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for a future air navigation system (FANS) 1/A+ and controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) retrofit. The FANS/CPDLC system is installed in a Dassault Falcon 50 managed by Chicago Jet and also represents the first FANS-over-Iridium retrofit for a business jet. FANS capability will be required for flying the most efficient tracks across the North Atlantic, and this retrofit not only enables that capability but also meets the upcoming Eurocontrol Link 2000+ mandates. These mandates kick in on Feb.

 
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