The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a supplemental type certification approval for Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems’ (ACSS) SafeRoute Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions on Airbus A320 aircraft.

SafeRoute applications, including interval management and cockpit display of traffic information to assist in visual separation and surface area movement management, are stored on the TCAS 3000SP.

The latest approval comes after the certifications for SafeRoute ADS-B In on A330s for US Airways and Delta Air Lines’ B767s.

Using ADS-B In, SafeRoute is claimed to offer enhanced operational safety and efficiency in all phases of flight.

"This makes the process of installing SafeRoute onto any A320 much easier and faster."

ACSS president Terry Flaishans said: "Achieving blanket certification for a major commercial passenger aircraft model such as the A320 is another important milestone for us and our airline customers.

"This makes the process of installing SafeRoute onto any A320 much easier and faster."

ADS-B is a GPS-based positioning technology and plays a key role in the FAA’s NextGen airspace redesign programme.

The technology is claimed to help increase airspace capacity and throughput by providing accurate data to the cockpit related to an aircraft in flight and those operating around it.

ACSS is owned by L-3 and Thales. The company develops and certifies ADS-B technology for use in commercial and military aviation, as well as provides ADS-B Out transponders.

Image: FAA approves ACSS’ SafeRoute ADS-B for A320 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Fixion / Airbus.

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