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As Reported from Saab Sensis News page:
Canada Gets 1st Global Award for ADS-B / Emissions
NAV CANADA and Sensis Corporation received the first Jane's Environment
Award at the 2010 ATC Global Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands. This is the first year of the Environment award,
which recognizes the aviation industry's contribution to reducing
NAV CANADA's deployment of Sensis Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
(ADS-B) technology in Hudson Bay was recognized. In January 2009,
Sensis ADS-B was deployed to provide surveillance of the 250,000-square
nautical miles of airspace over Hudson Bay. With the ADS-B surveillance,
NAV CANADA can now employ 5 mile radar separation standards rather
than the 80 miles of separation that was previously used, allowing
aircraft to fly shorter routes and at more efficient altitudes.
Today, 17 airlines operating 425 aircraft that account for over
50% of the traffic over Hudson Bay are now flying ADS-B routes.
As a result, airlines are saving fuel, reducing flight times and
emitting less greenhouse gas. Significant expansion of equipage
is anticipated for later this year.
(from Saab Sensis Corp.)
old news: The private non-share corporation, Aireon, which owns
and operates Canada's civil air navigation service, started ADS-B
tracking in January 2009 over the Hudson Bay. Today, 61 percent
of flights involved aircraft equipped for ADS-B and certified
by regulatory agency Transport Canada to use the system.
old news: According to the United States Federal Aviation Administration
Fact Sheet (for immediate release): ADS-B will be tested in the
Gulf of Mexico. The original testing in Alaska has proved the
old news: Previously services using ADS-B were to commence on
November 20, 2008 in Canada. Information on the Nav Canada site
indicates a later date of January 15, 2009 in the Hudson Bay area
of Canada. We have no confirmation that this date has been met.
What will ADS-B do for gyroplane pilots?
A live picture will be available of the airspace and other planes
moving through it. For the first time both pilots and air traffic
ground stations will be able to see the same, real time, displays
of air traffic. This should help in long distance gyroplane flights.
It is not expected to be of benefit for short flights except on
landing to taking off. VFR is still preferrable for mixed air
flights over short distances. But only time will tell how beneficial
ADS-B will be. It's best feature will be that other aircraft will
automatically know each gyroplanes position without the gyroplane
pilot announcing it manually.
Invented by E. Fraughton and P. Berger, UT, USA, in 1980's, patented
August, 1990. Originally named 'SCAN'.
ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast) allows aircraft
to broadcast identification, position, velocity and direction continually
to other aircraft and ground stations.
Gives flight crews immediate information about other aircraft in
a 40 mile radius of their position. Main benefit is that is also
shows horizontal positions with much clearer accuracy than conventional
radar, which is only accurate in the vertical.
ADS-B relies on GPS. Operates at 978 MHz.
Full name is: Active Co-operative Automatic Dependent Surveillance
Currently used in Alaska, Europe, Australia, Japan and parts of China.
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