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.
Airborne Collision Avoidance System
Citation operators this summer can expect to receive Service Bulletins to address European TCAS/ ACAS and upgraded mode-S transponder requirements going into effect early next year.
Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) want to require pilots to respond to resolution advisories (RAs) from airborne collision avoidance systems (ACAS) in all circumstances. On March 1, the regulator issued a notice of proposed amendment (NPA) for JAR-OPS 1.398 rules covering ACAS operations.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), an L-3 Communications & Thales company, is at Dubai 2005 (Stand E609) featuring its new SafeRoute software which provides flight and ground separation functions residing on a common computing platform.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint L-3 Communications and Thales company, has announced that Cessna has selected the TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance system as standard for the Citation X, XLS and Sovereign. Launched in 1997 by Honeywell, TCAS 2000 was the industry’s first TCAS II system. In 1999 when AlliedSignal and Honeywell merged, ACSS was formed to buy the product.
Air Deccan has selected Honeywell’s full avionics suite and auxiliary power unit (APU) for the 60 Airbus A320s it has on order, the equipment manufacturer announced here. The avionics suite features an enhanced ground proximity system, the ACAS II airborne collision avoidance system and the RDR-4B weather radar.
The FAA has completed the first round of flight testing of a unique traffic collision avoidance system that combines automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology and traffic information service (TIS) avionics through a sophisticated network the agency describes as an “integrated airborne Internet.”
Rockwell Collins has obtained what is said to be the first FAA TSO approval for ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) functionality for use with mode-S transponders. The approval will allow for enhanced traffic situational awareness on the airport surface and during flight, as well as for visual see-and-avoid maneuvering, sequencing and merging, crossing and passing operations and oceanic in-trail procedures, Collins said.
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