A number of NextGen-based airspaces changes will take effect November 13 across the U.S. and Canada. The updates, part of the FAA’s regular charting cycle, show the most significant changes coming to the combined U.S. and Canadian airspace near Windsor/Toronto and Montreal, as well as Boston, Washington and New York. Airspace in parts of Tennessee and South Carolina will also be updated in the mid-November cycle. Cleveland Center is preparing for 17 amended routes, the deletion of 20 jet routes and the addition of 21 Q routes.
Air navigation service provider Airways New Zealand said August 15 that horizontal air traffic separation standards in Mongolian airspace will be reduced to 20 nm from the current 60 nm beginning in September. The move comes two years after the Mongolian civil aviation authority introduced radar ATC separation to the region. An Airways New Zealand spokesman said the goal is eventually to reduce separation to the ICAO standard of 5 nm.
While the FAA mandate to install ADS-B OUT equipment for aircraft flying in U.S. airspace by Jan. 1, 2020 (above 10,000 feet or in Class B or C airspace) is more than six years away, aircraft operating in some countries’ airspace must be compliant starting in December.
The FAA has certified four new SafeRoute flight-deck applications on a US Airways A330 designed to provide “enhanced operational safety,” as it integrates with the agency’s NextGen system. The airline partnered with ACSS, an L-3 Communications/Thales joint venture, and Eurocontrol to complete the installation.
Bermuda’s ATC radar is expected to be out of service for an unspecified “extended period of time,” according to a notice to airmen (Notam) released March 20. This means pilots heading for the Atlantic island had better brush up on their non-radar ATC procedures.
The FAA has issued a proposed plan to transition the national airspace system (NAS) to a performance-based navigation system that relies on GPS and “area navigation everywhere and required navigation performance where beneficial,” instead of defining airways, routes and procedures using VORs and other legacy navaids. A minimum operational network of VORs and an “optimized network” of DMEs would be retained, and this drawdown would be complete by Jan. 1, 2020.
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck went live on Apple’s AppStore on July 25 and had been downloaded more than 3,000 times before Jeppesen formally announced the iPad app’s release three days later. Mobile FliteDeck builds on Jeppesen’s Mobile TC, which displayed worldwide terminal charts on the iPad, with new functionality, including en route charts and geo-referenced (own-ship) position display on GPS-equipped iPads.
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck went live on Apple’s App Store this week and had been downloaded more than 3,000 times before Jeppesen formally announced the iPad app’s release today.
A joint effort by the FAA and industry aimed at integrating airspace and deconflicting traffic flows over major metropolitan areas is making progress, according to participants.
Study teams have completed work at the first two of 21 identified “metroplex” sites–metropolitan areas with multiple airports and municipalities–designated by the FAA through the Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) initiative.
Jeppesen (Booth No. 3004) announced a new contract with the Russian Ministry of Transportation for more detailed domestic airport data. Previously, Jeppesen had been granted access only to domestic airway data.
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