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Avionics and ATC
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit; and news, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.
EMS Aviation, a division of EMS Technologies (Hall 4 Stand C10c), recently completed installation of an advanced voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) service in a Middle East head-of-state Airbus A320. EMS teamed with Paris-based Eclipse, an Inmarsat service provider and avionics dealer, to implement the secure, end-to-end package, which the company claims is the first of its kind on an A320.
ITT Has Traffic Data for Commercial Customers
ITT Corp. has announced the commercial availability of real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking data, marking the first-ever sale of data collected through the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network being deployed by ITT as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen initiative.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced it has finished engineering for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated display system (IDS) upgrade on the Beech 1900D. The company has already begun the first installation at its Wichita service center, and it plans to start a second installation in July. It expects to finish the first article and gain system certification over the summer.
Gulfstream G150 Lands at London City
“There will be some truth-telling,” declared new NTSB chair Deborah Hersman on Tuesday as she began her opening address at the FAA International Runway Safety Summit held this week in Washington, D.C. As part of that telling, she noted that in July 2000 the NTSB issued six recommendations to the FAA to amend various ATC procedures that, in the NTSB’s judgment, unnecessarily added to the risks associated with airport surface operations.
Honeywell said it has received European TSO approval for Primus Elite, a newly introduced display system that is intended to provide an upgrade path for aircraft equipped with early versions of the avionics maker’s Primus cockpit screens.
Universal Avionics (Booth No. 4254) unveiled the UL-800/801 communications management system, developed to be compatible with Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and VHF datalink (VDL) Mode 2 capabilities for digital communications between pilots and ATC.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), responding to recent member requests, issued a statement that clarifies FAA regulations that apply to updates of navigational databases used on modern avionics. The FAA changed the Part 43 Appendix A regulations in 1996, according to NATA, and classified database updates as preventive maintenance instead of maintenance.
The FAA expressed enthusiasm about the RTCA’s final report of its NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force released last week. The recommendations focus on five operational areas: surface, runway access, congested metropolitan airspace, cruise and National Airspace System access. They also encompass two specific NextGen capabilities: automated digital communications and integrated air traffic management.