Airborne Collision Avoidance System

May 21, 2008 - 9:29am

Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint-venture company owned by L-3 Communications and Thales Avionics, plans to certify a combined traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) and terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) in a single box called T2CAS.

May 6, 2008 - 6:54am

Rockwell Collins announced it has completed a series of FAA evaluation flights meant to test automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) avionics. The tests, designed specifically to assess the concepts during airport surface operations, were conducted at Memphis (Tenn.) International Airport as part of the FAA’s ongoing Safeflight 21 program.

May 5, 2008 - 9:59am

After the tragic collision between a Russian Tu-154 and a DHL cargo Boeing 757 at 35,400 ft over southern Germany on July 1, AIN questioned whether regulations, or any other body of accepted procedures, clearly state which command took precedence–that of the onboard traffic alert collision avoidance system (TCAS) or that of the human controller.

April 23, 2008 - 7:44am

At 11:35 p.m. on July 1, two transport-category aircraft collided over the northern shore of Lake Constance near the town of Ueberlingen, Germany, at the Swiss border. Sixty-nine passengers and crew aboard a Tupolev Tu-154M owned and operated by Bashkirian Airlines (BAC) were killed when it collided with DHL Flight 611, a scheduled cargo flight in a Boeing 757-200 freighter. The two DHL pilots, the only occupants onboard, were also killed.

March 7, 2008 - 4:56am

Aviation Communications and Surveillance Systems (ACSS) inked an agreement with Airbus to certify the Phoenix avionics maker’s T3CAS product in all Airbus single-aisle (A318/319/320/321) and long-range (A330/A340) airplanes. T3CAS is an integrated system that combines traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) with terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) capability and a mode-S transponder in a single line-replaceable unit.

February 4, 2008 - 8:33am

The FAA has issued a TSO to Honeywell for the Bendix/King KT 73, a next-generation transponder that can receive data from ATC radar systems through the new, free-of-charge FAA traffic information service (TIS). Once picked up by the transponder, the TIS traffic data can be linked to a Honeywell Bendix/King MFD to alert pilots to as many as seven nearby aircraft using TCAS-like symbology.

February 4, 2008 - 8:33am

The FAA has issued a TSO to Honeywell for the Bendix/King KT 73, a next-generation transponder that can receive data from ATC radar systems through the new, free-of-charge FAA traffic information service (TIS). Once picked up by the transponder, the TIS traffic data can be linked to a Honeywell Bendix/King MFD to alert pilots to as many as seven nearby aircraft using TCAS-like symbology.

December 10, 2007 - 9:28am

Eurocontrol is offering equipment exemptions until March 31 next year for operators flying to Europe without ACAS II (TCAS with Change 7). A rash of problems related to obtaining necessary STCs and Service Bulletins, equipment non-availability and certification problems has been plaguing operators since before the original January 1 deadline, prompting the extension.

October 12, 2007 - 6:35am

The display systems division of L-3 Communications has unveiled a new 6.5-inch color multifunction display that is designed to interface with TCAS, TAWS, weather radar, moving maps and video. Targeted at the air-transport and business-aircraft markets, the PVI 600 is scheduled for certification and first deliveries late this year.

May 3, 2007 - 11:29am

Reacting to last September’s fatal collision of an Embraer Legacy and Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle, the NTSB yesterday called for improved certification standards for traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS). The Safety Board wants pilots to receive clearer warning messages when the TCAS has stopped functioning.

 
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