In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to fly anywhere over the planet in an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast environment affording benefits equally to flight crews, operators and air traffic controllers.
As Wynand Meyer, director of UAS International Trip Support’s Africa division in Johannesburg puts it, “Africa is the next big development,” as it’s the last continent still fresh for modernization of its infrastructure — mainstream as well as aviation.
Former Naval aviator John Koon spent his last tour on active duty assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, where he flew the American ambassador throughout West and Central Africa in a Beech C12 (King Air 200) where he had plenty of opportunities to assess the quality of ATC and competence of controllers.
Everyone has their Customs clearance story, which often involves allegedly being hassled or otherwise inconvenienced by Customs and Border Protection agents on a rainy night after a 10-hour international flight.
Like it or not, Canada and the U.S. are joined at the hip. Each is the other’s largest trading partner ($500 billion+ total), and our financial, electrical and transportation infrastructure are fully integrated.
You knew it was coming — oh, yes, you did — the impending deadline to purchase and install Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast avionics in your aircraft to retain access to U.S. controlled airspace after Jan. 1, 2020. The same cutoff applies to ADS-C, or “Contract,” equipage, necessary for operation in oceanic airspace and requiring flight crew training and, unlike ADS-B, an FAA Letter of Authorization, as well. Five years may seem like a lot of time …
It’s been over 33 years since the late Hubert Naimer, Chuck Edmondson and Karl Frudenfeld unveiled the UNS-1, the first FMS for business aircraft. Although it focused primarily on the after-market, over the years, their Universal Avionics led by President and Chairman Joachim (Ted) L.
Two California charter/management companies with certified repair stations have earned STCs for installations of ADS-B and C equipment aboard legacy Gulfstream models. KaiserAir in Oakland and Clay Lacy Aviation in Van Nuys were awarded the authorizations in March, each based on using Universal Avionics equipment.
The real challenge to modernizing the ATC system in the U.S. isn’t the ADS-B infrastructure but the equipage of the system users, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Chairman and Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown said at the GAMA State of the Industry presentation earlier this year.