Tue, Nov 04, 2008
Honeywell, ACSS Will Install Test Equipment In Airliners
They're the companies chosen to provide the nuts and bolts of
NextGen. Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator
Robert Sturgell announced Monday the agency signed a $9 million
agreement with Honeywell and Aviation Communications &
Surveillance Systems (ACSS) to accelerate the testing and
installation of NextGen technology.
Teams led by the two companies will help the FAA test and
develop technology that will be used on an airport’s airfield
to detect and alert pilots of potential safety issues.
"Safety in the air starts with safety on the ground," said
Sturgell. "This technology is a real jump for aviation. Getting it
into the cockpit as fast as possible is the smart thing to do."
The FAA encourages industry to install avionics equipment early
and receive benefits from ADS-B sooner rather than later. ADS-B
stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. It
is the NextGen satellite-based technology that broadcasts traffic
and flight information to pilots and air traffic controllers.
Two Honeywell test planes and pilots from JetBlue Airways and
Alaska Airlines will be used to provide operational input from
concept development through flight evaluation and demonstration.
Honeywell will conduct the work at Seattle Tacoma International and
Snohomish County Paine Field airports. Under the agreement,
Honeywell will receive approximately $3 million from the FAA.
The FAA will provide approximately $6 million to ACSS, which
will work with US Airways to develop standards, flight
demonstrations and prototypes. Twenty Airbus A330 aircraft will be
equipped with cockpit displays, transponders, antennas, wiring kits
and Class 2 Electronic Flight Bags. Demonstrations will be
conducted at Philadelphia International Airport.
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