The amount of Rockwell Collins avionics products in helicopters continues to grow and the company is a significant supplier for AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, Aviacopter, HAL, Russian Helicopters and Sikorsky. To leverage its rotorcraft capabilities, Rockwell Collins developed the HeliSure family of products, designed to help improve pilots’ situational awareness, especially in “congested and hazard-filled airspace,” according to the company.
Prompted by industry demand, the FAA is considering approving the installation and use of TCAS II aboard helicopters but is concerned about certification challenges. Major operators have been successfully using TCAS II for several years in regions such as the North Sea.
In an unexpected verdict announced late last week, Brazilian federal judge Murilo Mendes found air traffic controller Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos not guilty in the midair collision between the Embraer Legacy 600 and Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon in September 2006.
Diplomatic cables made public through Wikileaks show that official U.S. support for the American pilots of the ExcelAire Legacy 600 involved in the 2006 Amazon midair was limited and ineffective.
Diplomatic cables made public through Wikileaks show that official U.S. support for the American pilots of the ExcelAire Legacy involved in the 2006 Amazon midair was limited and ineffective.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a U.S.-based maker of TCAS and ADS-B avionics, has started equipping dozens of airliners in support of a European-sponsored technology demonstration program aimed at saving fuel on transatlantic flights.
The FAA has rejected a request from Brazilian politicians to revoke the pilot certificates of the two U.S. pilots involved in the 2006 midair collision over the Amazon rainforest. Jan Paladino and Joseph Lepore were at the controls of the Legacy 600 operated by New York-based ExcelAire when it collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737.
Wrongful-death suits brought on behalf of family members of passengers and crew killed in the 2006 midair involving a Legacy business jet and a Brazilian Gol Airlines Boeing 737 were dismissed last Thursday by New York District Court judge Brian Cogan based on his opinion that the Brazilian courts are a more appropriate venue.
The ongoing investigation into the fatal midair collision between an Air Force F-16 and a privately operated Cessna 172 near Bradenton, Fla., on Nov. 16, 2000, reveals “safety issues that warrant the FAA’s attention,” said the NTSB.
TCAS has done a remarkable job of helping pilots avoid midair collisions, providing a last line of defense in those all-too-common instances when two aircraft are racing toward a single point in the sky at precisely the same moment.
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