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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

StandardAero to Offer ACSS ADS-B Equipment for Bizjets

Emily Feliz

StandardAero signed an agreement with ACSS to offer its line of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) products for business jets, the companies announced this week.

"ADS-B is a cornerstone technology of the FAA’s NextGen airspace redesign project," said Jeremy Thomas, Avionics Product Director, StandardAero. "Our customers want to take advantage of the safety and operational efficiencies of ADS-B and NextGen. We’re working with ACSS to bring their certified and performing systems into business jet platforms."

ACSS’s ADS-B applications for business jets include Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM) and CDTI Assisted Visual Separation (CAVS).

In addition to the ADS-B products from ACSS, StandardAero is offering their customers a chance to upgrade their TCAS II products from ACSS to Change 7.1 software. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a mandate requiring that the Traffic Alert & Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) on aircraft operating in European airspace be upgraded to Change 7.1 software by no later than December 1, 2015 to retrofit existing aircraft.

The Change 7.1 upgrade applies to all manufacturers of TCAS II products and delivers the following safety upgrades: reversal logic, new aural alerting for Adjust Vertical Speed, and "Level-Off, Level-Off" resolution advisories (RAs) to make it more clear that a reduction in vertical rate is required.

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