|Working with UPS, the world's largest package delivery company and ninth largest airline with 268 aircraft, the new ACSS system will provide advanced capabilities in the areas of Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM) and Merging & Spacing to their fleet of aircraft. |
"As a leader in aviation safety solutions, we're excited about this new product development with UPS," said ACSS President Kris Ganase. "SafeRoute is platform-independent software that provides customers with a high degree of flexibility. Customers can choose to install the initial set of SafeRoute functions or any combination of SAMM and Merging & Spacing capabilities. It can be installed as part of an ACSS platform - such as T2CAS, TCAS 3000, or TCAS 2000 - or hosted within another supplier's product."
The Merging & Spacing functions make use of on-board aircraft surveillance and Class III Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) display to provide flight deck spacing commands that allow aircraft to follow one another at the safest, most efficient interval possible from cruise altitude to the runway. These applications ensure more consistent aircraft spacing while increasing capacity and efficiency within the terminal airspace.
"By installing SafeRoute's Merging & Spacing capabilities on UPS aircraft, we enable Continuous Descent Arrivals (CDAs)," said Capt. Karen Lee, UPS Director of Flight Operations. "Successful trials with CDAs flown last fall show the potential to achieve a 30 percent reduction in noise and three percent reduction in emissions. We also expect significant fuel savings from keeping our planes at higher altitudes longer and being able to get our planes on the ground faster."
The SAMM application provides flight crews with an airport surface map and tracks the movements of their aircraft and other ground and airborne traffic in the terminal area, and alerts crews of potential conflicts. The SAMM module within SafeRoute delivers enhanced situational awareness by using aircraft onboard surveillance technology. It uses ADS-B, TIS-B (Traffic Information Service-Broadcast) and the EFB to display airport runways/taxiways and reduce the possibility of runway incursions.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), an L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) & Thales Company, is a leader in safety avionics systems that increase safety and situational awareness for aircraft operators and the flying public. ACSS products include the TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance system; MASS(TM), an enhanced TCAS for military operations; a family of Mode S transponders; the T2CAS(R), a combined traffic and terrain collision avoidance system; TAWS+, a stand-alone terrain awareness warning system; and Dlink+, a communications management unit, VDL Mode 2 digital radio, and control display unit in one package. The ACSS portfolio also includes a suite of ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast)-related solutions designed to improve safety and efficiency for pilots and passengers operating in the airport vicinity called SafeRoute(TM). More than 40,000 units of ACSS product are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft. To learn more about ACSS, please visit the company's web site at www.L-3com.com/acss.
UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information, and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.
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