General Dynamics C4 Systems, a division of General Dynamics, announced a deal with the FAA to begin certification work on satellite communications equipment for the FAA’s Capstone Communications Control System program in Alaska. According to the Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Shortly after midnight on October 24, a Learjet 35A, a Med Flight air ambulance flight, crashed in mountainous terrain eight miles east of San Diego Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM). All five aboard–the ATP-rated captain, copilot and three medical crew–were killed and the jet was destroyed.
The FAA has approved a pairing of Raisbeck Engineering’s ZR Lite performance system for the Learjet 35/36 with West Star Aviation’s RVSM system. No changes to the West Star RVSM installation are required for any of the Raisbeck systems, and previously equipped RVSM airplanes also need no updates when installing the ZR Lite system.
If all goes well with a new $250,000-per-year research program the FAA is launching next month, pilots flying specially equipped rotorcraft will be able to take advantage of lower IFR approach minimums and new flight corridors to Manhattan heliports within the next few years.
Germany’s air navigation service provider (ANSP), Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), has agreed to buy the SITA network of 27 VHF datalink (VDL) ground stations in the country.
Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has unveiled a new automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver that uses a 16 MHz or better sampling rate, a new algorithm and enhanced error correction to decode 1,090-MHz extended squitter transmissions correctly even in the presence of extreme frequency congestion.
Sensis is building on its experience of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in the FAA-sponsored Capstone trials in Alaska and the increasing use of its multilateration technology with the development of a 1,090-MHz receiver that is under consideration for deployment on the U.S. East Coast and preparations to deploy a multilateration system at Juneau, Alaska.
Growing numbers of smaller aircraft are compounding the problems air navigation service providers face, senior officials told the Jane’s conference at last month’s ATC Maastricht 2005.
The air-traffic community gathered in the Netherlands last month to discuss the continually evolving options for modernizing ATC. The process is both helped and hindered by technologies that don’t seem to stand still long enough for decisions to endure, but the participants are learning to keep up with this rapid pace of advancement and deal with the slowly gelling cultures of Europe’s main players.
By most accounts, the start of reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) standards in North America a little over a month ago was a relatively smooth transition, even for business aircraft operators who had opted not to gain approval before the January 20 implementation date.