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Friday, April 5, 2013

US Airways Receives FAA Certification for NextGen Avionics Suite

By Woodrow Bellamy III

US Airways on Thursday announced FAA certification for SafeRoute, a set of four flight deck applications that are compatible with the agency’s NextGen implementation. The certification was received in partnership with Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), manufacturer of the SafeRoute avionics suite.

SafeRoute will enable the airline’s pilots to use automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology for more precise tracking of the position of its aircraft and other airplane traffic.

The system also features the following; Interval Management (IM) to provide flight deck spacing commands, In-Trail Procedures (ITP) to allow flight crews to perform altitude changes in non-radar airspace, CDTI Assisted Visual Separation (CAVS) to continue visual approach procedures using the electronic display and Surface Area Movement Management to provide a moving map display of the airport surface in the cockpit.

(SafeRoute SAMM Module. Photo, courtesy of ACCS.)

In a statement, US Airways said it is the first airline to receive certification for all four of these applications. The certification is applicable to the carrier’s fleet of A330 aircraft.

FAA has set a mandate for airlines to equip their aircraft with ADS-B Out capabilities by 2020. 

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