Next Generation Air Transportation System

May 27, 2011 - 8:50am

A joint effort by the FAA and industry aimed at integrating airspace and deconflicting traffic flows over major metropolitan areas is making progress, according to participants.

Study teams have completed work at the first two of 21 identified “metroplex” sites–metropolitan areas with multiple airports and municipalities–designated by the FAA through the Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) initiative.

May 24, 2011 - 8:10am

While most of the presentations at the U.S.

May 16, 2011 - 7:37am
RNP-capable aircraft can fly approaches within a tight, linear containment ar...

GE Aviation published its second “public-use” required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedure in the U.S., now available for operations into Deadhorse Airport, Alaska. The company is developing a third public-use RNP procedure at Dallas Love Field as part of an air traffic management trial there.

May 2, 2011 - 5:45am
Out of the some two dozen major candidate metroplexes, this year’s OAPM studi...

A nationwide effort to “de-conflict” airspace in major metropolitan areas using existing technology and procedures is progressing, with studies completed at the first two of several designated sites.

April 28, 2011 - 11:10am
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U.S.

March 31, 2011 - 1:40pm

The FAA and the European Union signed an agreement to work together on NextGen research. The agreement, sealed in Budapest last month, calls for both sides to research the interoperability of avionics, communication protocols and procedures, as well as operational methods under NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar).

March 30, 2011 - 3:15am

Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) Calvin Scovel III told Congress that technical problems continue to plague the en route automation modernization (Eram) project. This nationwide upper-airspace flight data and management system is necessary for full National Airspace System introduction of ADS-B, DataComm and system-wide information management (Swim).

March 27, 2011 - 6:15am

Mention ADS-B in a group of pilots and the likely result is puzzled looks and a change of subject. To many pilots, ADS-B is something that is coming someday, and they’ll learn about it when forced to. There is an easier way, however, and it’s not terribly expensive, in relative terms. Instead of going for a full-blown ADS-B in or out or both installation, which can cost thousands of dollars, why not run ADS-B on your Apple iPad?

March 5, 2011 - 5:43am

Thales is adding four new functions to the TopDeck avionics suite it has developed for Sikorsky’s new S-76D. The initial version of the cockpit will complete certification in the next few months, ahead of the helicopter’s anticipated approval by the end of 2011, and additional options should be ready for service-entry next year.

March 5, 2011 - 4:40am

Sikorsky’s new S-76D is the latest application for the Vigor health usage and management system (HUMS) developed by Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems division.

 
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