SATS, the small aircraft transportation system research program funded jointly by industry and government, concludes later this year, five years after it superseded the Agate (advanced general aviation transportation experiment) program, which set this ball rolling in the mid-1990s.
As discussions about user fees in the U.S. heat up, the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) reflects on the nearly 10 years since Canada privatized the oversight of its air navigation system (ANS) and Nav Canada proposed and implemented charges for air traffic services.
Conklin & de Decker has released the latest version of its maintenance management software, MxManager Version 7.5.
The FAA’s grandiose agenda to streamline operations in congested U.S. airspace is causing headaches for business jet operators with flight management systems (FMS) that do not calculate position to new Rnav standards due out this month.
After 12 months of consultation with all segments of its domestic and overseas customer base, Nav Canada–Canada’s privatized air navigation service provider (ANSP)–has proposed a new fee structure that would mean slight reductions in terminal charges for large aircraft and slight increases for smaller aircraft. En route fees would be unchanged.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in October will remove its non-U.S. flight information publications and digital aeronautical flight information file from public access. The plan, however, will not affect charts for the U.S., Caribbean and South America or Pacific, Australia and Antarctica in areas considered part of the U.S. Flight Information Region, for which NGA will distribute charts until October 2007.
Alaska Airlines is the first air carrier authorized by the FAA to use a new RNP (required navigation performance) approach to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s Runway 19. The airline pioneered RNP procedures–which allow lower minimums–at Juneau International and other airports in Alaska.
The FAA is making progress toward instituting a future Rnav and RNP (required navigation performance) environment across the National Airspace System (NAS), the agency told attendees at its recent annual new technologies workshop in Arlington, Va.
Inmarsat announced it has been selected to manage the company that will look after Galileo’s global network operations, including performance monitoring and operations security.
The FAA’s announcement last month that its GPS wide area augmentation system (WAAS) will support ILS-like 200-foot Category I approaches marks the agency’s third swing at this, the system’s Holy Grail. When WAAS was launched in 1995, Category I was promised by 1997, but the system’s rocky progress over the following years consigned Category I to the benches.