According to NBAA, the implementation date for the FAA’s En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) program has been postponed from this Thursday, June 5, until June 29 to prevent conflict with the start of a new charting cycle and the transition to the West Atlantic Route System (WATRS).
Required Navigation Performance
Although WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) approaches have been popping up at airports around the U.S. at an impressive rate, only a handful of business jets are approved to fly the procedures. That’s because most flight management systems don’t yet support the new type of approach and some airplanes might not be approved to do so without costly upgrades.
Honeywell’s corporate flight department recently applied for FAA authorization to perform Required Navigation Performance Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) operations on the company’s PlaneView-equipped Gulfstream G450 and G550.
Boeing has installed the following eight new technologies in its 737-900 Technology Demonstrator:
For a glimpse into aviation’s future one need look no farther than Seattle Boeing Field, the home of a specially modified Boeing 737-900 outfitted with an array of experimental avionics and flight controls. For much of the spring Boeing has been inviting select groups of airline representatives aboard its technology demonstrator for flights to Moses Lake Airfield in Central Washington to showcase the cutting-edge systems.
Technology Partnership Canada (TPC), a government-run supplier of high-tech research grants to Canadian companies, has awarded Thales Avionics Canada $9.9 million to develop fly-by-wire flight controls, enhanced vision systems (EVS) and required navigation performance (RNP)-based cockpit equipment for business jets and regional airliners.
At press time, the FAA’s GPS local-area augmentation system (LAAS) appeared to be hanging in the balance while agency officials were attempting to determine whether there really was a firm industry need for the system.
In one of her first speeches as FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey promised that her five-year term will be driven by data and hard numbers, be consistent across all FAA regions and offices and emphasize the agency’s role in international aviation.
In late summer, Jeff Williams, manager of the FAA’s newly established required navigation performance (RNP) program office, briefed a government/industry specialist group on the agency’s implementation for a nationwide public RNP plan.
Too often, as their terms of office draw to a close, politicians and political appointees sign into law decisions and future commitments that many might describe as potentially self-serving. But in her last days as FAA Administrator, Jane Garvey characteristically took the high road, by committing the FAA to move expeditiously toward a nationwide public-use required navigation performance (RNP) environment.