ACSS, an L-3 Communications and Thales joint venture company, said US Airways received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) on its Airbus A330 aircraft for DO-260B (TSO c166b) capability using ACSS’s XS-950 Mode S Transponder. DO-260B is the highest level of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast transmission (ADS-B Out). US Airways will equip 20 Airbus A330s as part of the FAA’s NextGen implementation program.
The XS-950 in 2011 was certified to DO-260B, which enables ADS-B transmission of more information about an aircraft’s position, speed and intent.
“US Airways and our other airline partners understand and embrace the opportunities and savings NextGen provides for operators,” said Terry Flaishans, general manager of ACSS. “Our investment in ADS-B avionics is helping airlines fly the most efficient routes to their destinations.”
“A lot of time and hard work has been invested by ACSS, the FAA and US Airways in reaching this milestone,” said Ron Thomas, managing director, US Airways Flight Technical Operations. “US Airways is proud to partner with these organizations to help demonstrate the benefits of ADS-B Out, including the more precise position information it provides to enhance situational awareness and create a safer environment for all users.”