Capstone Program

October 29, 2007 - 5:43am

While the FAA in early October released its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) covering future mandatory carriage of ADS-B avionics, serious questions have already been raised about it. Generally, it was expected that the NPRM would cover the whole spectrum of ADS-B applications and would provide clear guidance to corporate operators anxious to benefit from the system’s full capabilities.

October 16, 2007 - 12:19pm

The recently released ADS-B aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) report says the FAA must implement “some combination of financial incentives and operational benefits to…significantly accelerate ADS-B equipage” before 2020, the compliance date of the proposed rule.

October 4, 2007 - 5:41am

The FAA’s decision to relegate the GPS Cat 1 local-area augmentation system (LAAS) to a mere R&D program (AIN, March 2004, page 1) came as little surprise to either administration officials or industry.

October 4, 2007 - 5:11am

The FAA and Mitre Corp. have awarded WSI a contract to provide datalink weather information for use in the upcoming East Coast evaluation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology.

October 4, 2007 - 5:04am

Recent improvements and upgrades to the software that drives Chelton’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS have been keeping the company’s R&D engineering staff almost as busy as it was in the months leading to certification of the avionics system.

August 9, 2007 - 11:08am

The FAA yesterday signed an agreement in Anchorage with a consortium of Alaskan aviation organizations to move ahead with the statewide implementation of ADS-B service.

July 24, 2007 - 9:41am

While most ADS-B installations will be in aircraft, system proponents see the technology being applied in other ways. At Juneau, Alaska, FAA Capstone officials and airport personnel have launched a project that places the airborne equipment in airport vehicles. This has two benefits. First, in low visibility it alerts pilots of approaching ADS-B-equipped aircraft of the whereabouts of vehicles and, especially, their proximity to the runway.

July 16, 2007 - 9:50am

Test pilots from NASA and Gulfstream this summer are flying
a GV equipped with a synthetic-vision system (SVS) intended to improve pilot situational awareness and prevent CFIT accidents. NASA is using the airplane to explore advanced vision and runway-incursion technologies that could one day be brought to civil aviation.

July 3, 2007 - 4:48am

There was good news for Alaskan pilots last month, when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey introduced the agency’s draft 2008-2012 Flight Plan, along with the NextGen Concept of Operations, to Congress.

June 19, 2007 - 11:42am

There was good news for Alaskan pilots last week, when FAA Administrator Marion Blakey introduced the agency’s draft 2008-2012 Flight Plan, along with the NextGen Concept of Operations, to Congress.

 
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