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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

JetBlue Awarded STC for ACSS Transponder

JetBlue received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) on its Airbus A320s for DO-260B (TSO-C166b) capability using ACSS’s XS-950 Mode S Transponder, manufacturer ACSS said. DO-260B is the highest level of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast transmission (ADS-B Out) and meets the coming NextGen mandate.

“This is a great step forward in our efforts to modernize airspace management,” said Jeff Martin, JetBlue’s senior vice president of operations. “As the largest domestic airline based in the busiest airspace in the world, we are keenly interested in advancing the next generation of airspace management. ACSS has been a great partner in this effort.”

“JetBlue and our other airline partners understand and embrace the opportunities and savings NextGen provides for operators,” said ACSS General Manager Terry Flaishans. “Our investment in ADS-B avionics is helping airlines fly the most efficient routes to their destinations.”

The XS-950 Mode S Transponder also supports ADS-B In capabilities, such as ACSS’s SafeRoute suite of applications.

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