A diverse panel of four aviation stakeholders kicked off the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual aviation summit this spring in Washington, D.C., with a lively discussion of NextGen that seemed to indicate that all sides are moving closer to consensus on how the system should be built and funded.
Air traffic control
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive for certain Rockwell Collins TDR-94 and TDR-94D mode-S transponders. The AD was prompted by instances of the transponders not properly responding to mode-S only all-call interrogations when the airplane transitioned from a ground to airborne state.
By now, all corporate and most general aviation aircraft owners are aware that by Jan. 1, 2020, their aircraft must carry an approved installation of an ADS-B out transmitter and an appropriate Waas receiver. And also by now, owners will probably have read accounts, or have been advised by their avionics suppliers and installers, that even with five-and-a-half years to go, booking installation dates to meet the deadline is getting tight.
Significant numbers of business aircraft operators have made little or no progress in complying with key avionics mandates, according to new research commissioned by Honeywell Aerospace with data gathered from AIN readers. The survey identified the mandates for ADS-B out, Fans/PM-CPDLC datalink capability and Fans-1/A (North Atlantic region) as the most pressing concerns.
After AIN published an article recently about approvals required to fly LPV approaches outside the U.S., a helpful pilot reader offered additional useful information. The story explained, “This requirement [the need for a letter of authorization] flies in the face of the deviation the FAA filed from ICAO requirements that do not require Part 91 operators to obtain approval for any performance based navigation (PBN) procedures.”
FAA Order 7110.659A, effective June 1, will recategorize the guidelines air traffic controllers use to provide proper wake turbulence separation. The new standards are expected to increase airport capacity while reducing both arrival and departure delays.
World Fuel Services (WFS) is promoting the AvPOS point-of-sale system as its payment software of choice for non-U.S. markets. AvPOS, from KHI, is specifically designed for FBOs and aviation merchants and supports World Fuel’s Avcard, the Multi Service Aero Card and KHI’s U.S. government Air Card. AvPOS enables FBOs and ground handlers to transact sales anywhere, including the ramp.
Aircraft Performance Group has extended the functionality of its iPreFlight app for the iPad by integrating a flight planning module from Air Support. The revised app is available for preview in its Beta version at the APG booth (6423).
Previous versions of iPreFlight provided runway analysis and weight/balance calculations without the need for an Internet connection. Adding a module using the Air Support PPS flight planning tool allows iPreFlight to be used as a “one-stop” for pre-flight planning purposes.
Honeywell (Booth 6622) is promoting a range of updates that can be applied to its satellite communication, avionics and cabin management systems. Such offerings can help operators extend the life cycle of their current fleets as well as increase asset value and reliability. Moreover, the modifications can enhance passenger experience as well as help operators meet new regulatory mandates.
The recent tragedy of the still-missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has brought the tracking of aircraft sharply into focus, and at a conference last week in Montreal ICAO forged a consensus to develop aircraft tracking as matter of priority. While this is a welcome move, the ability to transmit more than just positional data is critical in allowing ground experts to not only determine the causes of losses, but also to give aircrew a better chance of averting a loss.