[Avionics Today 09-06-2016] The FAA is digging into the vendors capable of providing Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) equipment for the purpose of conducting field trials of the technology. The agency has released a federal contract opportunity (DTFACT-16-R-00071) for search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical, and nautical system and instrument manufacturing at FAA W.J. Hughes Tech Center with the objective to survey the market for qualified AeroMACS equipment vendors.
AeroMACS, a new broadband data link that has the ability to support the ever-expanding range of Air Traffic Management (ATM) communications technologies emerging under the modernization initiatives of NextGen and Single European Sky, is already installed in several airports in the U.S. and is looking to expand its global presence in the coming year.
Only AeroMACS equipment manufacturers are qualified to participate in this market survey. The participant must be a member of the WiMAX Forum and the manufactured equipment must be certifiable by the WiMAX Forum.