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Embry-Riddle and Lockheed Martin Aim To Cut Thunderstorm-Related Delays 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lockheed Martin and a host of other industry partners are about to demonstrate to the FAA how NextGen air traffic control techniques can help controllers anticipate convective weather and reroute aircraft early to avoid massive delays.

Europe To Require ADS-B Avionics Five Years Sooner than FAA 

The European Commission is proposing that ADS-B “out” avionics be installed on airline aircraft and business jets five years earlier than the FAA’s plan. Full airborne coverage in Europe will let any nation there move ahead with ground infrastructure at will.

Maritime Patrols Target Drug Subs 

The U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are deploying maritime patrols on a novel yet critical mission: detection of self-propelled, semi-submersible (SPSS) craft used to smuggle tons of cocaine into the U.S.

Nine SPSS craft have been detected in the past two years, with three captured intact by Coast Guard boarding parties. The others sank after crews scuttled the boats.

Honeywell’s IntuVue Radar Gains Traction with Airlines, BizAv, Military 

Airline, business jet and military transport pilots have used airborne weather radar for decades to see and avoid hazardous thunderstorm cells, but they have been stuck with looking at a 2D view of these phenomena on a cockpit display.

Class 2 and 3 Electronic Flight Bag Installations Accelerating 

The movement toward digital cockpits is speeding up with the adoption of Class 3 electronic flight bags (EFBs) at Boeing and Airbus and the growing installation of Class 2 EFBs on operating fleets of passenger and cargo jets and on a wide range of business aircraft.

On flight decks where most real estate is claimed by existing primary flight, navigation and multifunction displays, the addition of side-cockpit-mounted or yoke-mounted EFBs is providing a rare avenue for new software applications.

DAYTONA BEACH AIRPORT PREPS NEXTGEN DEMO 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lockheed Martin and other partners plan the first demonstration of a new NextGen ATC testbed at Daytona Beach Airport next month in a project backed by FAA. The research and development demonstration under way in a 5,000-square-foot facility at Daytona has been included under FAA’s umbrella of NextGen testbed activity in Florida – an effort to accelerate the roll-out of benefits to aircraft operators from airlines to military jets and general aviation. Miami Airport is also involved in other work with FAA.

Honeywell Civil Air Navigation Innovation Nears Completion 

Qantas has ambitious plans for a ground-based GPS-based landing system slated to be certified by the FAA in 2009, following a 15-year development effort.

Czech Republic ATC Plans To Use Wide-Area Multilateration Nationwide 

A relatively new type of air traffic control surveillance technology that is becoming a de facto standard for surface surveillance at airports worldwide is now being tapped for wide-area coverage to track aircraft in airspace far beyond the airport boundary in the Czech Republic, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Colorado and elsewhere.

New Zealand, Australia Have Different Approaches to WAM System 

Airservices Australia and Airways New Zealand are using or installing wide-area multilateration systems, but the two air navigation service providers down under have different views on the future role of such technology.

Sensis Installs Scores of Wide-Area Multilateration Systems 

Sensis Corp. is installing wide-area multilateration systems in North America, Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region, and the first ones being used in the U.S. may set a pattern for further use of the new technology here.

Daytona Beach Airport Preps NextGen Demo 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lockheed Martin and other partners plan the first demonstration of a new NextGen ATC testbed at Daytona Beach Airport next month in a project backed by FAA.

The research and development demonstration under way in a 5,000-square-foot facility at Daytona has been included under FAA’s umbrella of NextGen testbed activity in Florida — an effort to accelerate the roll-out of benefits to aircraft operators from airlines to military jets and general aviation. Miami Airport is also involved in other work with FAA.

Aviation Rulemaking Committee Wants FAA To Fix ADS-B Mandate 

FAA will revise its multi-million-dollar mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast avionics after reviewing scores of changes suggested by aircraft operators and industry experts.

Aviation Rulemaking Committee Wants FAA To Fix ADS-B Mandate 

The FAA will revise, and may have to reissue, its multimillion-dollar mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast avionics after reviewing scores of changes suggested by aircraft operators and industry experts.

Aircraft Operators, Industry Send ADS-B Recommendations To FAA 

An Aviation Rulemaking Committee has submitted 36 recommendations to FAA on its proposed Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) mandate that endorse the dual data-link strategy but call for an urgent study of frequency congestion.

Darpa Investigates Rad-Hard-By-Design Chips 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is nearing the end of a research program spurred by a concept advanced by The Aerospace Corp. more than a decade ago.

The idea of developing and qualifying computer chips to fly in space using commercial microelectronic foundries for chip fabrication has some urgency attached to it because military and civil space projects always need radiation-hardened computer chips.

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