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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.
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The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
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