The FAA last month signed a $9 million agreement with Honeywell and Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) to accelerate the testing and installation of ADS-B technology in airliners.
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast
ACSS–a division of L-3–yesterday afternoon marked the production of its 10,000th TCAS (traffic alert and collision avoidance system), presenting the unit to Dassault Falcon. “We’re proud to celebrate this important milestone with one of our esteemed customers,” said Kris Ganase, president of L3’s Aviation Products Group. The TCAS 3000 is the standard collision avoidance system on board Dassault’s complete line of business jets.
AirGator, a provider of corporate and general aviation electronic flight bag (EFB) products, and NavWorx, a designer of automated dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver technology, have teamed to integrate and display ADS-B data on AirGator NavPad EFBs.
In an unusual déjà vu-triggering step, the FAA has reopened for 30 days the comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The original comment period closed on March 3 this year. The FAA received 1,423 comments submitted by 165 entities.
At a recent NextGen conference, Jim Linney of the FAA’s ADS-B office detailed the user community’s response to the invitation to comment on the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Of the 1,372 responses to the document’s 85 separate issues, there were 101 positive comments, versus 1,271 negative–or “non-positive,” in FAA terminology–comments.
In Daytona Beach, just 60 miles northeast of the Orange County Convention Center here in Orlando, the NextGen testbed facility at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is playing an important role in advancing air traffic control modernization. It’s a place where the politics of who will pay for ATC modernization can be placed to the side while researchers figure out how to make the various components of NextGen work together.
Rich Gage has stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) with the expiration of his eight-year contract on August 25. Sam Barone has taken over the position.
A cost-benefit case for ADS-B equipage of general aviation aircraft cannot be made, concluded an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in a report published last week. Analysis of public comments relating to the FAA’s September 2007 ADS-B NPRM showed 101 positive and 1,271 “non-positive” responses. Sources tell AIN that most commenters regarded the plan as offering little or no benefit compared with its compliance costs.
The FAA has reached agreements with four U.S. airlines to fund in-cockpit runway safety systems, in this case electronic flight bags (EFBs), in exchange for the operational data those systems would generate. Under the plan, the FAA will provide $600,000 each to SkyWest Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, US Airways and Southwest Airlines to invest in the new technology in airplanes they’ll fly into and out of 21 testbed airports.
Everybody in aviation has heard about NextGen, the buzzterm that stands for the ponderous Next Generation Air Transportation System. But what is it, exactly? Ask 10 people and you’ll likely get 10 different answers. And don’t ask the popular media or tv or a politician: all they’ll tell you is that it’s “satellite-based” and coming soon.