ACSS, an L-3 Communications and Thales joint venture company based in Phoenix, announced Wednesday its T3CAS Traffic Management Computer has been certified for the Airbus A320 family.
The T3CAS unit includes a Traffic Alert & Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Mode S transponder, Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capability. ACSS said the unit includes the latest Change 7.1 software, and the DO-260A Class A3 transponder provides ADS-B surveillance range in excess of 120nm.
The T3CAS certification for the Airbus A320 family features the first certified ADS-B In functions on a new production aircraft, according to ACSS. The Airbus Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness (ATSA) applications in T3CAS provide operators with enhanced safety and operational efficiency in all phases of flight, including enhanced situational awareness with ATSA-AIRB, flight-level change performances in non-radar coverage areas (such as oceanic airspace) with ATSA-ITP and Visual Separation Approach with ATSA-VSA.
The first installations of T3CAS will start in December 2010 on A320 Family aircraft to operators in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.