Airbus engineers are never satisfied, and customers of the European airframe builder should have only one response... thank goodness. Despite myriad technological and manufacturing obstacles, the European consortium of Germany, France and Spain successfully built, flew and put into production the largest commercial aircraft in the world, the A380, and the airframer currently has orders for 200 of the double-decker jetliners.
Traffic Collision Avoidance System
Airbus engineers are never satisfied, and customers of the European airframe builder should have only one response: thank goodness.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is closing in on end-of-the-year certification for T3CAS, a product that combines a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS), terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) and mode-S transponder with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast capability (ADS-B) in a single unit.
Despite claims by one company that its system is ready for prime time, industry experts tell AIN that accurate radar birdstrike warning for pilots is similar to early TCAS development: technically feasible but requiring extensive testing and refinement before it can be certified and free of false alarms.
Rockwell Collins is planning updates for its line of automatic dependent
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the June 29, 2008 fatal midair between two Bell 407s on approach to Arizona’s Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) was the failure of both pilots to see and avoid the other, but significant contributing factors included the pilots noncompliance with established communications and noise-abatement procedures. The daylight VMC collision involved helicopters operated by Classic Helicopters and Air Methods.
Very light jets (VLJs) were the topic of intense discussion at the Corporate, Air Taxi and Personal Jets conference held at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, in March. With the world economy on its knees, the talk was less of VLJs cluttering the skies and more about making the most of a valuable breathing space.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 1043) is planning updates for its line of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) transponders for business aircraft. The TDR-94D-409, offered primarily as a retrofit solution for the company’s TDR-94/94D transponders which equip more than 15,000 aircraft, is now available to comply with the new ADS-B mandate in Australia and the pending 2009 restrictions in Canada’s Hudson Bay.
The economic downturn is giving manufacturers and operators of very light jets (VLJs) more time to prepare for the airplanes’ widespread entry into service, according to speakers at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s corporate, air taxi and personal jets conference in London on March 18 and 19.
Operational threat identification and risk mitigation remain a primary concern for those who operate internationally. NTSB senior air safety inspector Roger Cox, the lead investigator on the Gol Airlines/ExcelAire Legacy midair, used the accident as an example of why international operators should take the time to fully understand what may be asked of them in less than normal situations in another country.