International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has received parts manufacturer authority (PMA) for the NxtLink ICS-120A and ICS-220A communication systems. The products offer flight deck voice and datalink services over the Iridium satellite network. ICG’s ICS-120A system incorporates a single Iridium transceiver and a short-burst-data (SBD) modem enabling connections to standard flight-deck voice and data systems.
Controller Pilot Data Link Communications
Gulfstream said it has completed a full future air navigation system (Fans) flight across the Atlantic Ocean using controller-pilot datalink communication with automatic dependent surveillance (CPDLC/ADS).
The flight was the first of its kind for a purpose-built business jet. The CPDLC/ADS datalink provides flight crews with direct communication to oceanic and remote-area air traffic controllers.
Dassault Falcon today announced the long-anticipated upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Epic-based Enhanced Avionics System (EASy) flight deck–the EASy Phase II system with synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology. Both a hardware and software upgrade, EASy Phase II certification is expected by the end of next year for the Falcon 900 series and mid-2010 for the Falcon 2000 and 7X models.
A five-year plan–four-fifths of which FAA Administrator Marion Blakey could actually see through to fruition–was laid out in draft form in late July for the aviation industry at a meeting at FAA headquarters in Washington. Titled Flight Plan 2004-2008, it sets as its goals: increased safety, greater capacity, international leadership and organizational excellence.
Eurocontrol has introduced a new screen-to-screen datalink between pilots and air traffic controllers at its Maastricht upper-area control (UAC) center in the Netherlands. The controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) system supplements existing voice contact by allowing text messages between screens in the cockpit and on the ground to reduce workload at both ends.
Although the FAA has finally commissioned its first standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), the agency has drastically reduced the number of systems it plans to install at the nation’s airports. And that has caused some people to question the FAA’s commitment to ATC modernization.
While the FAA has decided to postpone the introduction of controller/pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) in the NAS, Eurocontrol has stated its intent to move forward with an ambitious datalink-implementation program.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., said it has started deliveries of the NxtLink 120A and 220A Iridium communications systems. Both support Fans (future air navigation system), CPDLC (controller-pilot datalink communications) and Acars messaging anywhere in the world. Intended for use in the cockpit, the NxtLink 120A product includes two Iridium transceivers
Collaborative decision-making (CDM), the effort instituted by the FAA and the airlines to reroute traffic each day away from anticipated weather trouble spots across the country, is a major topic among NBAA Airspace/Air Traffic Committee members.
Rockwell Collins is banking on its new digital data acquisition, distribution and display architecture, called eFlight, to coordinate a wide range of in-flight and air-to-ground activities aboard aircraft.