Last month US Airways became the first airline to receive FAA certification approval of the SafeRoute suite of NextGen avionics applications in the Airbus A330. The airline claims SafeRoute will “enhance operational safety and efficiency during various phases of flight.”
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast
Aspen Avionics is now offering ADS-B solutions for owners of its Evolution PFD and MFD products. There are two ADS-B product lines, one for delivery of ADS-B data from portable receivers to Aspen’s Connected Panel system and another for certified ADS-B solutions that meet the Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B out mandate.
Pilots who fly through the terminal areas listed below can receive free cockpit traffic and weather information provided the aircraft is equipped with an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transmitter/receiver or transceiver and cockpit display for traffic information (CDTI). U.S. cities and airports currently included in the new service are Albany (ALB), Chicago (ORD and MDW), Columbus (CMH), Little Rock (LIT), Lubbock (LBB), Memphis (MEM), Milwaukee (MKE), Nashville (BNA) and Wilmington (ILN).
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has made progress in delivering some of the operational improvements that are envisioned by the NextGen ATC modernization effort. But to demonstrate those improvements sooner, the agency has also made “trade-offs” that could limit their overall benefit to airlines in the coming years, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
“Midair collisions statistics are revealing,” said Avidyne COO Patrick Herguth during the company’s press conference at Sun ’n Fun 2013 (Booth C-71). “Fifty-nine percent of midairs happen near the airport; and 54 percent are between aircraft flying in the same direction.” Herguth was citing a 10-year-long study published by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
Sagetech’s Clairity portable ADS-B receiver, which began shipping on March 27, is on display this week at the company’s booth (No. D-028) at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The device comes in two versions: a baseline Clairity unit that receives ADS-B signals on both 978 and 1090 MHz and the Clarity SV with both frequencies and an attitude heading reference system (AHRS), which can be used to display attitude on compatible devices and applications.
Dassault Falcon has received EASA approval for a supplemental type certificate to install ADS-B Out (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out) on Falcon 50EXs and classic Falcon 2000s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance dates set by airworthiness authorities. The EASA certification follows FAA approval, which was received for both aircraft within the past year.
Garmin’s GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver offers a simple solution for pilots who want to receive free weather and traffic information without a lot of complication. The GDL 39 sells for $799 and receives both types of ADS-B signal that are a unique feature of the U.S. ADS-B landscape. Not all portable ADS-B receivers are dual-band; some receive only the frequency that provides free weather information and certain traffic targets.
The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) announced on January 23 that it is initiating an audit of the FAA’s ADS-B “information security controls.” While some concerns about insecurity of ADS-B signals have surfaced, it is not known if these concerns drove the decision to require the audit. The audit itself stems from a requirement in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators in the U.S. would have to file and fly instrument flight plans and equip their aircraft for position reporting with transponders and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) transmissions based on GPS.