GPS-based Laas and Jpals landing system developments are moving ahead for civil and military operations. Laas, the local-area augmentation system (or, in ICAO-ese, GBAS, for ground-based augmentation system), is intended eventually to replace civil ILS Cat III, while Jpals (joint precision approach and landing system) will provide all-weather autoland guidance for the Navy’s aircraft and UAVs.
On March 10 next year the FAA is expected to issue its final rule covering mandatory equipage of ADS-B avionics, and agency officials are tight lipped about what, if any, changes will be made to the original draft rule offered for industry comment early last year.
GPS service is in danger of severe erosion, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A Congressional “watchdog” of programs and spending of government departments, the GAO warns that the satellite navigation service could slowly worsen after 2010, and not recover to acceptable aviation levels before 2022.
Honeywell said today at EBACE that it is closing in on certification of several long-awaited avionics upgrades for Gulfstream and Dassault business jets, including functionality for future air navigation system (FANS1/A), wide-area augmentation system localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS LPV) and required navigation performance special aircraft and aircrew authorization required (RNP SAAAR) operations in PlaneView-equipped Gulfs
A study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) predicts that GPS service levels could fall well below civil requirements in the next decade. GPS typically has 24 satellites in orbit, although it currently has 31.
Bombardier Aerospace (Booth No. 7011) is now offering a WAAS (wide area augmentation system) capable flight management system on its Learjet 60s; it also is STC’d for in-service models. The aircraft uses the WAAS signal in addition to GPS to fly area navigation and localize performance with vertical guidance instrument approaches. The system has been previously available for the Canadian airframer’s Learjet 40, 40 XR, 45 and 45 XR models.
A last-minute change in U.S. loran policy has raised serious concerns among international navigation and security organizations. In late February, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) removed loran-C funding from the President’s budget, provoking an immediate response from the UK.
The removal in February of Loran-C and eLoran funding from President Obama’s proposed budget has drawn strong protest from the UK over the sudden U.S. policy reversal. Last year, the U.S.
Garmin last month received the FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to allow installations of the G1000 avionics system in the King Air 200 and B200.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure customers who upgrade to this panel have the same leading-edge technologies they would find in a jet, while also enjoying the utility and affordability of their King Air,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing.
Qantas Airlines has received approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to use the Honeywell SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) at Sydney International Airport for satellite-based landings with its Airbus A380s. The SmartPath GBAS supports precision approach and landings using GPS satellite data and transmits digital guidance signals to aircraft systems.