Avionics News May 2017 - 69
Innovative Solutions & Support
and multifunction display with dual
satellite-based augmentation system
GPS receivers in support of the IFMS
with LPV approach capability.
The result is an integrated avionics
suite providing situational awareness,
safety enhancements and operational
performance. The NextGen Flight
Deck is fully compatible with IS&S's
first Autothrottle for Turbo Prop. The first installation of the
flight deck is in progress.
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& SUPPORT received Federal
Aviation Administration supplemental type certification for its NextGen
Flight Deck for retrofit in the Pilatus
According to the company, the
NextGen Flight Deck includes an
Integrated Flight Management
System, electronic flight bag, integrated standby unit, synthetic vision and enhanced vision (FLIR).
The NextGen Flight Deck integrates primary flight display
ACSS, a joint venture managed by L3 Aviation Products,
along with the Federal Aviation Administration and
Northrop Grumman, announced a series of successful
flight tests of the sense-andavoid avionics system for
unmanned aerial systems.
The flight tests led by
Northrop Grumman were
conducted at the Mojave Air
and Space Port in Mojave,
California. Participating were
FAA staff from federally
funded research and development centers, including
the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology Lincoln
Laboratory and Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which developed the algorithms and software for ACAS Xu.
The FAA TCAS Program Office is developing the
advanced Airborne Collision Avoidance System as a suc-
cessor to the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Warning
System to support the objectives of its NextGen program.
All ACAS X variants detect conflicts with intruder aircraft,
issue resolution advisories and coordinate maneuvers
with other collision avoidance systems. ACAS Xa and Xo
are intended for current TCAS users, and ACAS Xu is
designed for UAS and other vehicles with new surveillance
technologies and different performance characteristics.
Lincoln Laboratory and APL provided the ACAS Xu software to ACSS and supported the flight tests with overall
system expertise. ACSS integrated and tested the ACAS
Xu software and provided the hardware to host ACAS Xu
leveraging its commercial T³CAS product, which includes
TCAS, transponder and Terrain Awareness Warning
System functions. The T³CAS, with ACAS Xu Version
2 software, was integrated on the Northrop Grumman
Firebird Demonstrator, an optionally piloted aircraft. Both
ACSS and Northrop Grumman also provided manned
aircraft that flew predetermined collision encounter geometries with the Firebird Demonstrator.
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