FAA Approves ACSS’s ADS-B In Avionics

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved avionics developed by Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), enabling 20 US Airways A330 aircraft to use Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved avionics developed by Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), enabling 20 US Airways A330 aircraft to use Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In.

The new avionics were developed as a result of an agreement between the FAA and ACSS that awarded the avionics specialist $6.3m to equip the aircraft with ADS-B In and ADS-B Out. ADS-B In provides pilots with a cockpit display showing the location of other aircraft, while ADS-B Out broadcasts aircraft positions to air traffic controllers and aircraft equipped with ADS-B In; ADS-B Out will be required on all aircraft operating in transponder airspace from 2020; nine of the 20 US Airways A330s are already equipped with ADS-B Out. The new avionics aims to improve the situational awareness for pilots, allowing them to see nearby aircraft with satellite precision.

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