AOPA is demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) halt indiscriminate stops of general aviation aircraft, and the association’s newly installed president, Mark Baker, spent much of his first week on the job meeting with members of Congress as they returned to work from their annual summer recess.
AOPA told the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that “general aviation pilots and their aircraft continue to be subjected to what appear to be random searches, while federal officials have failed to respond to a four-month-old AOPA public records request for information about the searches.”
For flight department managers, the work necessary to locate the best qualified temporary pilots, flight attendants or maintenance technicians has become easier over the past decade, thanks in part to the communications technology of the Internet. However, for the handful of staffing companies that actually serve as the go-between for employers and employees, the job has become considerably tougher as those companies assume much more of the risk than before.
Delta Air Lines has equipped three Boeing 767-300ERs with ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) components from Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint venture between L-3 and Thales.
The avionics, installed under an FAA supplemental type certificate , are part of ACSS’s SafeRoute suite and include in-trail procedures (ITP) and surface area movement management solutions.
North American Surveillance Systems (Booth No. 617), a global provider and integrator of airborne surveillance systems, is expanding its capabilities with new simulator training designed specifically for the world’s top-selling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance cameras.
The Business Aircraft Center at Danbury Airport has installed a new system of remote viewing cameras that will allow aircraft owners and pilots to use a security code to log in on their computers and watch their airplanes from anywhere in the world. Government agencies have raised concerns about the security of GA aircraft, and the FBO's operators believe the new system offers an extra degree of protection.
Oviv Security Technologies is launching a remote-control option for the Sentinel 100L security system for guarding aircraft on the ground. The new remote control unit has a user interface with a large touchscreen display, providing fast and easy access to all the Sentinel 100L’s functions.
Avidyne last month introduced two TSO C147-certified traffic advisory systems, the TAS605 and TAS615, to fill out its line of TAS products, which also includes the TAS600 and TAS620. With the announcement Avidyne also said it is dropping the price of the TAS600, introduced in 2005, to $8,490. The TAS605 carries a list price of $10,990, while the TAS615 is priced at $14,990.
Era Systems last month announced it has been selected to provide an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA). The JCAA will use the ADS-B network for operational testing in preparation for eventual nationwide, wide-area multilateration and ADS-B deployment.
Moog has acquired QuickSet International, a manufacturer of precision positioning systems and pan-and-tilt mechanisms. The products are used to position surveillance cameras, thermal imagers, sensors and communication antennas.
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