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Thursday, August 21, 2014

FAA Approves SafeRoute for Airbus A320

Juliet Van Wagenen

ACSS Saferoute CDTI Assisted Visual Separation technology

ACSS Saferoute CDTI Assisted Visual Separation technology. Photo: ACSS

[Avionics Today 08-21-2014] ACSS, an L-3 and Thales company, received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from the FAA for the SafeRoute ADS-B solutions on the Airbus A320. SafeRoute is a set of avionics capabilities that uses Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In to provide operational safety capabilities in all phases of flight.

ADS-B is a GPS-based positioning technology that aims to help increase airspace capacity and throughput by providing location information to the cockpit about an aircraft in-flight and those operating around it. 
 
The certified SafeRoute applications for A320s are hosted on the TCAS 3000SP and include Interval Management (IM), Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (CDTI) to Assist in Visual Separation (CAVS) and Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM). This follows earlier SafeRoute ADS-B In certifications on A330s for US Airways and B767s for Delta Air Lines.
 
Terry Flaishans, president of ACSS, believes blanket certification makes the process of installing SafeRoute onto any A320 “much easier and faster.”
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