Fri, Jun 30, 2006
Needs Time To Sort Out Costs
Australia has done an about-face on
ADS-B. After a request last year for proposals from avionics
manufacturers for the purchase and installation of automatic
dependent surveillance-broadcast avionics for general aviation
aircraft, this week ATC-provider Airservices Australia abruptly
cancelled the RFP process.
The decision means there will be no ADS-B technology available
to pilots flying below 30,000 feet in the land down under... and
that decision isn't likely to be amended anytime soon.
Why did the ATC operation cancel the plan? The Australian
newspaper reports that, in the words of Airservices CEO Greg
Russell... the job of equipping all GA aircraft with the new
systems required to take advantage of the traffic separation
technology... as well as the sheer number of operations at lower
altitudes... makes introducing ADS-B in lower airspace "a
significantly more complex matter than upper level airspace."
Airservices adds it needs more time to sort out the costs... as
well as respond to those who are critical of the system, such as
former CASA chairman Dick Smith.
While low-level ADS-B in Australia is dead, at least for now...
Airservices says it remains committed to its upper airspace ADS-B
program, that went online for the first time just over one year
Full implementation of the program, however, has also been
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