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Commercial Avionics’ Business Strength May Keep It Going in 2009 

Brisk sales of new airline and business aircraft during the past few years have created an order backlog for commercial avionics companies that should help sustain them through 2009, even though economic uncertainty is darkening the horizon.

JPDO Puts NextGen Planning Information Online 

The Joint Planning And Development Office has put all of its planning information and a lot of related data on how the U.S. ATC system will be modernized by 2025 online, so a wide range of people can access it over the Web.

NetJets Takes Bizav Leadership Role With FAA’s NextGen Project 

In a sign that business aviation is pursuing a leadership role in the FAA’s NextGen air traffic system upgrade, NetJets is implementing a broad agreement with the agency to participate in flight demonstrations.

Business jet manufacturers, including such leaders as Gulfstream and Dassault Aviation, are often on the forefront of the latest avionics developments. Now NetJets says it will outfit some of its aircraft with the avionics required for specific test objectives and then share the data with the FAA.

Sweden Continues Its Pioneering Role in Air Navigation 

Swedish charter operator Novair will conduct Required Navigation Per­formance approaches next year as RNP gains a foothold in Europe as part of a drive for greater air traffic efficiency.

The project—called MINT (minimum CO2 in the terminal management area)—is being sponsored by the Sesar (Single European Sky ATM Research) Joint Undertaking organization and will be led by Avtech of Stockholm. Novair will conduct 10 flights into Stockholm Arlanda Airport with three Airbus A321-200s.

Universal King Air Shows-Off Its Avionics for Retrofit 

A flight in Universal Avionics’ King Air 350 testbed here last month was an eye-opener on what an integrated cockpit certified to Part 25 standards can do for both airline aircraft as well as high-end business jets.

RNP Procedures Are Coming to an Airport Near You 

Required Navigation Performance started out in 1996 as a way for carriers to access mountainous airports safely. Now Southwest Airlines is about to use RNP to cut fuel burn and emissions while flying into all 65 airports it serves in the U.S.

To exploit these procedures, aircraft must use GPS and onboard monitoring equipment to transit a narrowly defined airspace corridor.

Ongoing Wars Place New Demands On Helo Simulation 

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are prompting simulator manufacturers to exploit a range of technological advances to give U.S. and Canadian army helicopter pilots the capability to train and rehearse missions as realistically as possible.

With the U.S. military being forced to rely more heavily on simulation for training, helicopter simulation is a growing area of business for Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions in Binghamton, N.Y., and Canada’s CAE.

Ongoing Wars Place New Demands On Helo Simulation 

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are prompting simulator manufacturers to exploit a range of technological advances to give U.S. and Canadian army helicopter pilots the capability to train and rehearse missions as realistically as possible.

With the U.S. military being forced to rely more heavily on simulation for training, helicopter simulation is a growing area of business for Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions in Binghamton, N.Y., and Canada’s CAE.

FAA Selects NetJets For Testing Of NextGen Program Avionics 

NetJets Aviation Inc. has signed a wide-ranging agreement with that will place the fractional jet operator at the forefront of the transformation of the U.S. air transportation system under the NextGen modernization program.

NetJets officials and FAA managers from a range of the agency’s functional areas will meet this month to begin working out the details. NetJets plans to run some test programs in various parts of the U.S. by equipping some of the 550 to 600 aircraft it manages for fractional owers in the U.S. with the required avionics.

FAA Selects NetJets For Testing Of NextGen Program Avionics 

NetJets Aviation Inc. has signed a wide-ranging agreement with that will place the fractional jet operator at the forefront of the transformation of the U.S. air transportation system under the NextGen modernization program.

NetJets officials and FAA managers from a range of the agency’s functional areas will meet this month to begin working out the details. NetJets plans to run some test programs in various parts of the U.S. by equipping some of the 550 to 600 aircraft it manages for fractional owers in the U.S. with the required avionics.

FAA’s Sturgell Declares Ads-B Operational 

Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell has declared the initial segment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receivers in South Florida operational and said ADS-B is ready for nationwide deployment. However, the fate of this deployment and the larger NextGen ATC modernization effort remains in limbo.

Rockwell Collins, CAE Ramp Up Realism of Military Helo Simulators 

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are prompting simulator manufacturers to exploit a range of technological advances to enable U.S. Army and Canadian helicopter pilots to train and rehearse missions as realistically as possible.

At the forefront of the latest improvements are capabilities to train pilots how to land safely in brownout conditions or on sloped surfaces and fly low for self-protection as well as how to plan air assault missions with realistic views of terrain and targets.

New Traffic Flow Management System Sets NextGen Stage 

A new automated flow-control system will be fully online in the U.S. next year to help airlines, airports and controllers collaborate more effectively.

The Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) now being deployed replaces the Enhanced Traffic Management System of the 1990s. ETMS emerged as the backbone of a new discipline called collaborative decision-making (CDM)—a process that has grown by leaps and bounds to become a vital part of how air traffic is handled.

European Airports, ATC Agency Seek To Head Off Systemic Air Traffic Congestion 

Nearly 20 airports will be as congested by 2030 as London Heathrow is today, and there will be insufficient air traffic capacity in Europe to head off systemic delays, according to a new Eurocontrol air traffic growth study due out soon.

Eurocontrol, ACI-Europe Team To Combat Congestion 

Eurocontrol and airport operators have found a way to improve collaboration in the future among airports, air navigation service providers and airlines at more than 40 airfields.

Eurocontrol and Airports Council International-Europe signed a wide-ranging cooperative agreement in Berlin Oct. 28 with hopes of easing congestion and reducing fuel burn and emissions. A new Eurocontrol study says nearly 20 European airports will be fully saturated by 2030.

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