MANDATES AND NEXTGEN

There are big changes coming to aviation and it's called: NextGen 

NextGen is an acronym for the FAA’s Next Generation Air Traffic Management Program. Over the next two decades, NextGen will modernize America’s aging aerospace infrastructure and will bring new and safer capabilities into the National Airspace System (NAS). Older technologies, in aircraft and ATC ground stations, are being replaced and modernized with newer technologies. This will take advantage of high-speed digital communications, precise satellite navigation, and two-way active surveillance. Each of these new technologies will be introduced in phases, bringing with them better fuel economy, greater safety margins and even faster air travel. At Textron Aviation, we are working hard to ensure the latest technologies are available throughout the Citation model range. 

Why do I care?

Some NextGen initiatives (such as ADS-B Out) will require that operators equip their aircraft in order to be able to participate in affected airspace. Some initiatives will not require compliance, but there will typically be operational advantages for those aircraft operators who have the appropriate equipment installed. (“Best equipped, best served”) The ability to take advantage of the most efficient routing to destinations may result in substantial time and fuel savings. 

What is Textron Aviation doing to help?

Textron aviation is committed to enabling our aircraft to meet future airspace requirements to the maximum extent possible. We are considering not only our new aircraft designs with respect to NextGen capabilities but also the existing fleet of aircraft. Further information will become available as viable solutions are identified and developed.

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ADS-B SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR AIRCRAFT

For years, you have heard about the new ADS-B mandates and what to expect from this new requirement. Textron Aviation has been diligently working behind the scenes to provide solutions.

WHAT ARE ADS-B “OUT” AND ADS-B “IN”?

ADS-B allows equipped aircraft and ground vehicles to broadcast their identification, position, altitude and velocity to other aircraft and air traffic control. This is called ADS-B Out. Being able to receive this information is known as ADS-B In.

WHEN SHOULD I EQUIP FOR ADS-B?

Operation in some world regions including Australia and other areas in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim already require ADS-B Out capability. Europe will require ADS-B Out for new aircraft operating there as of mid-2016, with a retrofit deadline in mid-2020. Operations in the United States will require ADS-B Out capability as of the beginning of 2020 (forward-fit and retrofit). The entire ADS-B network and infrastructure is in place and fully operational today throughout the US airspace system providing immediate benefits to those equipped with ADS-B Systems in advance of the mandate.

SCHEDULING

Avoid future delays by scheduling your upgrade at the Textron Aviation service center closest to you now. By scheduling and installing now, you can combine with other required maintenance and avoid scheduling issues that many in the industry will experience by delaying. Equipping now allows you to satisfy the approaching mandated requirements while enjoying the benefits of the new technology today.

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TCAS II 7.1 SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR AIRCRAFT

What is Textron Aviation doing to help? Our service bulletin solution eliminates the need for foreign validations, allowing you the freedome to fly anywhere in the world. And equipping early allows you to enjoy all of the associated safety benefits of 7.1 today while complying with the approaching mandate./p>

WHAT IS TCAS II 7.1?

TCAS II systems have been in widespread use in airliners and business aircraft since approximately 1990, reliably helping to avert airborne traffic conflicts and midair collision threats. Successive software versions have brought additional enhancements, and up until recently, Version 7.0 software was the latest worldwide standard. However, an airliner near-collision event over Japan in 2001 and an actual airliner collision at approximately FL350 over southern Germany in 2002 have led to sustained efforts to further improve operational procedures as well as to update TCAS II software to include additional safety enhancements. As a result of these efforts, TCAS II Version 7.1 software includes the following major improvements:

  • Resolution Advisory (RA) Reversal Capability: The system will now have the capability to issue an RA reversal. This means that if the crew in one of the aircraft involved in a TCAS RA event fails to comply with the RA instruction given (e.g., “Traffic! Traffic! Climb! Climb!”) and does the opposite, the TCAS system of the other aircraft can then issue a reversed RA command to avert a collision.
  • Level Off Callout: The system will now issue a “Level Off! Level Off!” callout in lieu of the former “Adjust Vertical Speed – Adjust” (AVSA) callout. The AVSA callout is intended to prevent a collision when an aircraft climbs or descends at a rate that potentially puts it in conflict with another aircraft. But the AVSA callout is somewhat ambiguous in that it doesn’t aurally instruct pilots whether to increase or decrease vertical speed. They must reference their flight displays to determine how to adjust, and crews sometimes have made the mistake of impulsively adjusting vertical speed in the wrong direction. The “Level Off” callout is more straightforward and eliminates this ambiguity.

Learn more about regulatory requirements and timing of TCAS II.

Key Benefits for Business Aircraft Operators:

  • Improved operational safety
  • Continued access to airspace regions that will require aircraft equipped with TCAS II (or ACAS II) systems to have Version 7.1 software in order to continue operating in those regions

Equipment Requirements:

Upgrading an existing TCAS II system to the Version 7.1 level is typically a software change only. However, it may be necessary to ship a unit to the supplier to be upgraded or exchanged for an already upgraded unit.

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