Sharp rises in the number of airline flights originating from airports in the U.S. and Europe are presenting FAA and Eurocontrol officials with some daunting challenges. Chief among these is the question of how to squeeze more capacity from airports and ATC route systems that in some places already seem stretched to the breaking point.
Traffic Collision Avoidance System
With all the recent talk about glass cockpits migrating to light airplanes, it has been an exciting 12 months not only for GA pilots and aviation enthusiasts, but also for avionics installers. The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention was awash in news and unconfirmed talk of new products from the major avionics manufacturers, with much of the attention focused on Garmin and Avidyne, makers of low-end glass cockpits.
In the fall, CAE SimuFlite is scheduled to have its first Citation X simulator ready for initial and recurrent pilot and mechanic training. The FAA level-D simulator, installed at SimuFlite’s Dallas facility, is equipped with a Honeywell SPZ-7600 digital autoflight control system, Universal UNS-1D flight management system with GPS, Enhanced GPWS, TCAS II and moving-map display.
The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require all aircraft flying in the “nation’s busiest airspace” to have ADS-B installed by 2020, enabling air traffic controllers to track aircraft by satellite and pilots to see real-time traffic on a cockpit display.
Honeywell and Sensis demonstrated in August a concept of providing automated, individual voice warnings to pilots about to fall prey to a runway incursion accident. Unlike the current procedure, the concept technology issues the warning to the pilots at the same time as the air traffic controllers.
Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) STC for the Dassault Falcon 50 is now available to its dealer network, and the avionics maker said it plans to do the same for other models soon.
AIN this week participated in a demonstration of new technology aimed at preventing runway incursions, where Honeywell’s airborne TCAS units were linked with Sensis’ ASDE-X airport surface detection radar and its associated multilateration safety logic system. The prototype system was demonstrated in two simulated incursions at the Syracuse, N.Y. airport on Tuesday.
Los Angeles-based Cloud Nine Aviation received the first Learjet 60XR this week, following an entry-into-service delivery ceremony at the Learjet manufacturing facility in Wichita.
An FAA safety alert cautioning Embraer Legacy pilots against resting their foot on a footrest near the instrument panel because they might inadvertently put the transponder into standby mode has the aviation world scratching its head.
Honeywell’s Apex glass cockpit will be a future optional avionics upgrade for the Ae270 turboprop single, currently under development by Ibis Aerospace of the Czech Republic.