CNS, Commercial

American to Use New ADS-B Solution on A321s

By Nick Zazulia | May 14, 2018

An Airbus A321-200 flying for American Airlines. Photo courtesy of Airbus

American Airlines will equip its fleet of Airbus A321 aircraft with the ACSS SafeRoute ADS-B in suite of software applications. ACSS, an L3 and Thales joint venture, will also support traffic collision avoidance system processors and displays. American currently has 219 A321s in its fleet with 100 A321neos on order.

SafeRoute uses ADS-B technology to increase safety and efficiency for flight operations, including cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI) for enhanced traffic situational awareness, CDTI assisted visual separation and an initial version of interval management, which is an application that supports the management of spacing relative to other aircraft.

“NextGen technologies associated with ADS-B in provide a significant value to American Airlines and our pilots,” said Ron Thomas, the airline's managing director of flight operations. “American Airlines believes ADS-B in provides opportunities to enhance airport efficiencies and further safety through increased pilot situational awareness provided by the ACSS software suite.”

American Airlines’ ADS-B in equipage will support an ACSS/FAA agreement to implement the SafeRoute suite in the U.S. National Airspace System and to gather, analyze and report the ADS-B in application benefits.

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