Posted by John McHale
PHOENIX, 6 Aug. 2010. US Airways selected ACSS, an L-3 Communications & Thales company, to provide avionics that will enable the carriers to perform In-Trail Procedures (ITP) using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. This new business initiative is part of Eurocontrol's CASCADE program. The goal of the program is to coordinate the implementation of ADS-B avionics in Europe by putting airlines together with suppliers, such as ACSS, who specialize in ADS-B. Early implementation of ADSB capabilities has shown to improve situational awareness for pilots and enhance aircraft operating efficiency during takeoff, enroute, approach, landing, and airport taxi. ACSS calls its ADS-B product line SafeRoute. The full suite of certified SafeRoute applications includes Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM), Universal Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (U-CDTI), CDTI Assisted Visual Separation (CAVS) and Merging & Spacing. Late last year, ACSS demonstrated Surface Indicating & Alerting (SURF IA) capability as part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program with US Airways, and now will showcase ITP as part of a Eurocontrol program. ITP uses ADS-B information transmitted by aircraft that identifies the position, speed, and intent on aircraft operating within 120 nautical miles in any direction. Aircraft flying oceanic routes will use ITP to perform altitude changes during cruise, which will enable pilots to fly at optimal altitudes and reduce fuel burn and emissions. "This is an important development in the evolution of ADS-B avionics," says Kris Ganase, ACSS president. "Carriers are seeing how products like SafeRoute use ADS-B to enhance safety, but ITP is another way to use the technology to save fuel and cost for airlines."ACSS expects to announce additional airlines as part of the CASDADE ITP initiative. SafeRoute installation on participating aircraft for US Airways is expected to start early next year.