Avionics and ATC » ATC

News, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.

January 1, 2014 - 2:05am

A recent New York Times article described a Russian request to the State Department to approve U.S. locations for one or more terrestrial signal monitors for Russia’s Glonass satellite navigation system, similar to America’s GPS, suggesting the request could have worrisome consequences.

According to the article, “The CIA and other American spy agencies, as well as the Pentagon, suspect that the monitor stations would give the Russians a foothold on American territory that would sharpen the accuracy of Moscow’s satellite-steered weapons.”

December 16, 2013 - 10:40am

The U.S. air traffic management (ATM) system outperforms Europe’s more fragmented system on both cost and operations, according to two reports issued by the Eurocontrol Performance Review Commission (PRC).

November 25, 2013 - 10:30am

Air navigation service providers (ANSPs) from 10 Eastern and Central European countries signed a cooperation agreement earlier this month to create a regional entity with a stronger voice in Europe’s air traffic management decision-making process. The association covers airspace managed by three smaller groupings of adjoining countries known as functional airspace blocks (FABs), in this case the Baltic, Danube and Central Europe FABs.

November 17, 2013 - 5:00pm
Ground-based augmentation provided by Honeywell’s SmartPath facilitates Category 1 approaches, increasing efficiency and capacity at airports, which will be needed in the Middle East in the coming decades.

The adoption of Honeywell’s SmartPath precision landing system by Middle East airports is expected to gain momentum over the next few years, in response to the “phenomenal growth” of aviation in the area, according to SmartPath senior product manager Pat Reines–although the company is still waiting its first order from the region.

November 17, 2013 - 10:10am
Thales

Thales is exhibiting a wide range of products for in-flight entertainment (IFE), air traffic management (ATM) and defense systems here at Dubai Airshow 2013 (on Stand B13).

In the air defense marketplace, showgoers can see the Thales Rapid range of integrated weapon systems (from sensors to fire), the LMM and StarStreak armored vehicle platform missiles and the 3D Ground Master radar family. The ThalesRaytheonSystems partnership has delivered more than 300 air defense radars to 26 countries, according to Thales.

November 11, 2013 - 12:38pm

Airservices Australia commissioned two new ground stations to support its national automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network as the country’s first ADS-B mandate approaches. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that aircraft flying above 29,000 feet be fitted with ADS-B avionics by December 12.

November 11, 2013 - 12:30pm

Five U.S. airlines have signed on to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Data Comm equipment initiative, bringing the effort to 80 percent of its targeted number of airframes, according to contractor Harris. The company revealed the first airline to commit–United–at the Air Traffic Control Association conference last month. Non-disclosure agreements prevented it from immediately identifying the others.

November 4, 2013 - 11:10am

Delivery of the $40 billion NextGen ATC modernization will likely remain highly vulnerable to the vicissitudes of politics unless those charged with implementing the system work to protect its funding streams, senior industry leaders told the recent Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) conference and exposition.

November 2, 2013 - 5:10am

One of the air traffic management systems least well known to pilots is multilateration, sometimes called MLat, or multilat, or WAM (for wide-area multilateration).

November 2, 2013 - 1:40am
Sigmund Lockert

The European helicopter industry must educate operators about the benefits of Sesar, the European Union’s next-generation air traffic management (ATM) systems and procedures, if it is to derive any benefits from the system, according to several speakers at a conference on “The future of the rotorcraft sector” at Helitech.

 
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