US Airways Becomes First Airline To Receive FAA Certification Of Safety-Enhancing NextGen Applications

Thu Apr 4, 2013 7:00am EDT

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ACSS SafeRoute® avionics to be installed on airline's Airbus A330 wide-body
TEMPE, Ariz.,  April 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today
announced that in partnership with ACSS, an L-3 Communications & Thales Company,
the airline has received FAA certification on its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft
for SafeRoute, a set of four flight deck applications that will provide enhanced
operational safety and efficiency in all phases of flight as part of the FAA's
NextGen implementation program.  US Airways is the first airline to receive
certification for the combination of all four of these applications.


The certified SafeRoute suite of applications from ACSS that US Airways will
install on its A330 aircraft uses Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
(ADS-B) technology, which provides pilots with more precise position information
of the operating aircraft and other airplane traffic and is a cornerstone
technology for the FAA's NextGen airspace redesign program. It also includes
Interval Management (IM), In-Trail Procedures (ITP), Cockpit display of traffic
information to Assist in Visual Separation (CAVS) and Surface Area Movement
Management (SAMM).  

Specifically, these applications will give US Airways pilots the following
capabilities that will enhance operational safety and efficiency during various
phases of flight:

* Interval Management (IM)  - makes use of onboard aircraft surveillance to
provide flight deck spacing commands that enable aircraft to follow one another
at the safest, most efficient interval possible, from cruise altitude to the
* In-Trail Procedures (ITP)  - improves situational awareness and enables flight
crews to perform desired altitude changes on a more frequent basis in oceanic or
non-radar airspace.  
* Cockpit display of traffic information to Assist in Visual Separation (CAVS) 
- allows the flight crew to continue visual approach procedures using the
electronic display to maintain separation if visual contact with
Traffic-to-Follow is lost due to hazy or night conditions. It also assists the
flight crew in properly timing the deceleration to final approach speed,
configuring the aircraft for landing and properly spacing aircraft on the final
approach segment just prior to landing.  
* Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM)  - provides a moving map display of
the airport surface in the cockpit that shows other traffic operating in the
terminal, taxi and runway areas, dramatically improving runway safety.

"A lot of time and hard work has been invested by the US Airways team, ACSS, the
FAA and EUROCONTROL in reaching this milestone," said US Airways Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer  Robert Isom. "US Airways is proud to
partner with these organizations to help demonstrate the benefits of NextGen
technology, which enhances situational awareness through more precise position
information, improving on what is already the safest air transportation system
in the world."

"US Airways and our other airline partners understand and embrace the
opportunities and savings ADS-B provides for operators," said  Terry Flaishans,
president of ACSS. "Our investment in SafeRoute avionics is helping airlines
operate more safely and fly the most efficient routes to their destinations."

ACSS was recently honored at the ATC Global Excellence Awards in  Amsterdam 
with the Industry Partnership of the Year award for its work with US Airways,
the FAA and EUROCONTROL in delivering NextGen/ADS-B capable aircraft technology.

About US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more
than 3,000 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S.,  Canada, 
Mexico,  Europe, the  Middle East, the  Caribbean, Central and  South America.
The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates
the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star
Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to
1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners,
the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates
hubs in  Charlotte, N.C.,  Philadelphia,  Phoenix  and  Washington, D.C. 
Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the
2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for
demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical
operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets
employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only
airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by
LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating
on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years.
The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and
policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers.
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About ACSS

Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70 percent owned by L-3
Communications and 30 percent owned by Thales, is a division of L-3 Aviation
Products (L-3 AP). L-3 AP is a leading provider of commercial and military
avionics with unsurpassed performance, quality and customer support. L-3 AP
manufactures a diverse line of safety- and efficiency-enhancing products that
sets the standard for next-generation requirements, including configurable voice
and data recorders, collision avoidance systems, navigation products, display
systems and processors.  
L-3 AP also offers aftermarket services, including MRO and integrated
performance-based logistics for military and commercial systems. To learn more
about L-3 Aviation Products, please visit

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