With the air transport growth curve soaring, India’s air traffic management system (ATM)–and the associated communication, surveillance and navigation (CNS) infrastructure–needs fundamental modernization. Airlines, hit by rocketing fuel costs, have pleaded with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to reduce congestion in the air and ensure more fuel-efficient landings.
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast
Dassault Falcon has developed a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out (ADS-B Out) on the out-of-production Falcon 50EX business jet. The STC is available for those aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. List price for the STC data package is $9,995, which does not include the cost of labor, GPS receiver or transponder.
Rockwell Collins has delivered its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) for installation on two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. The installation was accomplished through a collaborative effort with Toronto-based Vector Aerospace in early 2011, and was STC’d in June.
With Senate approval of a four-year FAA reauthorization package yesterday afternoon, the measure now goes to the White House for the President’s signature. The Senate action ended more than four years of foot-dragging and often contentious debate, along with a record 23 short-term extensions of the FAA’s programs and funding since the last four-year reauthorization expired in the fall of 2007.
The FAA has issued Technical Standard Order (TSO) C-195a covering ADS-B Aircraft Surveillance Applications. The TSO means that new ADS-B surveillance applications, both systems and equipment, must meet minimum operational performance standards outlined in RTCA DO-317a, issued December 13 last year.
An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), tasked by the FAA to advise on ADS-B in introduction strategies, has recommended that the system not be mandated. In large part, this is because many of its potential applications have yet to be fully defined so the benefits payback period on an operator’s investment in the near future would be well outside the typical three-year standard for the major airlines, considered the system’s predominant user group.
Aerospace companies, airlines and communications providers have aligned to pursue the FAA’s Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, the second major step in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization effort. The contenders expect a contract award in June for the 17-year, multibillion-dollar program.
Competing contractors have disclosed the industry teams they’ve assembled to pursue the FAA’s Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, the second major step toward building the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The DCIS contractor will provide a data communications network connecting ground and aircraft automation systems, enabling digital data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers starting in 2015.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint-venture company of L-3 Communications and Thales, is busy preparing for upcoming avionics mandates such as ADS-B as well as the expected EASA requirement for TCAS Change 7.1.
The FAA’s ambitious ATC modernization effort known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) faces an unsettled 2012 and beyond after a number of setbacks in 2011.