June 16, 2010
Gulfstream Aerospace’s flight department has earned FAA approval to use the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A datalink on its G450 airplanes.
FANS is being developed for future enhancements to ATC services, and includes controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) to let pilots and ATC communicate via text messages over oceanic and remote-area airspace. Crews using CPDLC log on to an ATC system computer, then communicate in near-real time with controllers. The computers also automatically transfer responsibility for the aircraft to the next region’s air traffic system as the airplane traverses its route.
CPDLC capability for the G450s is added to the airplane’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) functions, which completes the G450’s FANS 1/A status. ADS-C lets controllers initiate the tracking of an aircraft’s position from the ground using information sent at predetermined intervals from the Gulfstream’s onboard sensors.
“This approval reflects the tremendous effort we’ve made toward preparing Gulfstream aircraft for the next generation of air navigation,” said Pres Henne, Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering, and test, in a press release.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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