While the FAA in early October released its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) covering future mandatory carriage of ADS-B avionics, serious questions have already been raised about it. Generally, it was expected that the NPRM would cover the whole spectrum of ADS-B applications and would provide clear guidance to corporate operators anxious to benefit from the system’s full capabilities.
The recently released ADS-B aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) report says the FAA must implement “some combination of financial incentives and operational benefits to…significantly accelerate ADS-B equipage” before 2020, the compliance date of the proposed rule.
The FAA’s decision to relegate the GPS Cat 1 local-area augmentation system (LAAS) to a mere R&D program (AIN, March 2004, page 1) came as little surprise to either administration officials or industry.
The FAA and Mitre Corp. have awarded WSI a contract to provide datalink weather information for use in the upcoming East Coast evaluation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology.
Recent improvements and upgrades to the software that drives Chelton’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS have been keeping the company’s R&D engineering staff almost as busy as it was in the months leading to certification of the avionics system.
The FAA yesterday signed an agreement in Anchorage with a consortium of Alaskan aviation organizations to move ahead with the statewide implementation of ADS-B service.
While most ADS-B installations will be in aircraft, system proponents see the technology being applied in other ways. At Juneau, Alaska, FAA Capstone officials and airport personnel have launched a project that places the airborne equipment in airport vehicles. This has two benefits. First, in low visibility it alerts pilots of approaching ADS-B-equipped aircraft of the whereabouts of vehicles and, especially, their proximity to the runway.
Test pilots from NASA and Gulfstream this summer are flying
a GV equipped with a synthetic-vision system (SVS) intended to improve pilot situational awareness and prevent CFIT accidents. NASA is using the airplane to explore advanced vision and runway-incursion technologies that could one day be brought to civil aviation.
There was good news for Alaskan pilots last month, when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey introduced the agency’s draft 2008-2012 Flight Plan, along with the NextGen Concept of Operations, to Congress.
There was good news for Alaskan pilots last week, when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey introduced the agency’s draft 2008-2012 Flight Plan, along with the NextGen Concept of Operations, to Congress.