US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today announced that in partnership with ACSS, an L-3 Communications & Thales Company, the airline has received FAA certification on its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft for SafeRoute®, a set of four flight deck applications that will provide enhanced operational safety and efficiency in all phases of flight as part of the FAA's NextGen implementation program. US Airways is the first airline to receive certification for the combination of all four of these applications.
The certified SafeRoute suite of applications from ACSS that US Airways will install on its A330 aircraft uses Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, which provides pilots with more precise position information of the operating aircraft and other airplane traffic and is a cornerstone technology for the FAA's NextGen airspace redesign program. It also includes Interval Management (IM), In-Trail Procedures (ITP), Cockpit display of traffic information to Assist in Visual Separation (CAVS) and Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM).
Specifically, these applications will give US Airways pilots the following capabilities that will enhance operational safety and efficiency during various phases of flight:
"A lot of time and hard work has been invested by the US Airways team, ACSS, the FAA and EUROCONTROL in reaching this milestone," said US Airways Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom. "US Airways is proud to partner with these organizations to help demonstrate the benefits of NextGen technology, which enhances situational awareness through more precise position information, improving on what is already the safest air transportation system in the world."
"US Airways and our other airline partners understand and embrace the opportunities and savings ADS-B provides for operators," said Terry Flaishans, president of ACSS. "Our investment in SafeRoute avionics is helping airlines operate more safely and fly the most efficient routes to their destinations."
ACSS was recently honored at the ATC Global Excellence Awards in Amsterdam with the Industry Partnership of the Year award for its work with US Airways, the FAA and EUROCONTROL in delivering NextGen/ADS-B capable aircraft technology.
Source: US Airways
Date: Apr 4, 2013