Columbus, Ohio-based fractional provider NetJets Aviation last month forged an agreement with the FAA to become the agency’s latest NextGen partner. Under the agreement, NetJets will focus on NextGen initiatives such as area navigation (Rnav) and required navigation performance (RNP) approaches on routes into Teterboro (N.J.) Airport; WAAS, which allows for precision instrument approaches; and data communications.
The number of GPS-based wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) instrument approach procedures in the U.S. has surpassed the number of ILS approaches in the country, according to the FAA. “This is clearly a turning point for aviation and the way pilots navigate,” the agency noted in a statement announcing the milestone.
As of September 25, the number of GPS-based wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) instrument approach procedures in the U.S. surpassed the number of ILS approaches. “This is clearly a turning point for aviation and the way pilots navigate,” the FAA said in a statement announcing the milestone.
Gulfstream pilots flying in Europe with the Kollsman enhanced-vision system (EVS) are now permitted to descend below published instrument approach minimums to a decision height of 100 feet after the EASA adopted standards equivalent to those used in the U.S. since 2004.
Even though Congress exempted the FAA from standard procurement rules in 1996, the agency remains mired in cost overruns and schedule slippages on many of its major acquisitions, including the wide-area augmentation system (WAAS), standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), local-area augmentation system (LAAS) and integrated terminal weather system (ITWS).
The FAA has issued a technical standard order and blanket installation approval covering 850 aircraft models for the CNX80 all-in-one GPS navcom from Salem, Ore.-based UPS Aviation Technologies. The company, a subsidiary of parcel shipping giant UPS, lays claim to being one of the first avionics manufacturers to gain FAA certification for a GPS receiver approved for WAAS instrument approaches.
The FAA flipped the switch on its wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) at 12:01 a.m. on July 10, potentially opening up thousands of runways at 5,400 public-use airports for near-precision approaches in both lateral and vertical guidance modes.
Switzerland has the notoriously difficult approach over the mountains into Lugano Airport. In England, it’s London City’s steep 5.5-degree glideslope to touchdown that can really test an aviator’s skills. And of course, the dead-end approach into Greenland’s Kangerlssaq Airport in the Sondrestrom Fjord can be a doozy when the weather turns bad.
The FAA plans to start introducing instrument approaches using its Wide Area Augmentation System on July 10, bringing much higher levels of accuracy, signal availability and approach performance to GPS-based satnav. WAAS avionics now entering the market herald the end of today’s “dive and drive” nonprecision approaches, replacing them with two new procedures.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Alliance, Neb., Feb. 8, 2007–The Caravan pilot’s descent below minimum descent altitude on a nonprecision approach caused this crash, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was a low ceiling (reported weather was 1.25 miles visibility and a 200-foot overcast in mist).