China Conducts First ADS-B Commercial Aviation Trial With Sensis ADS-B

EAST SYRACUSE , NY - The Air Traffic Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China chose the Sensis Corporation to deploy Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport, both located in central China. This is the country's first formal trial of 1090 ADS-B for use by commercial aircraft in preparation for future nationwide ADS-B deployment. ADS-B will allow aircraft in this region to broadcast real-time reports indicating identification and position to both air traffic controllers and other aircraft, improving situational awareness.

Sensis has partnered with Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) to trial this next generation surveillance technology and to develop the implementation path for a future nationwide rollout.

At 11,311 feet, Jiuzhai Airport is one of the highest tableland airports in the world and is surrounded by mountains that can limit pilots' ability to see and avoid other aircraft. At Jiuzhai, ADS-B will provide an improved view of air traffic as well as important flight parameters to enhance conflict avoidance capability. Chengdu Airport is an important aviation hub and distribution center of passengers and cargo for the southwest region. At Chengdu, ADS-B will assist with the high volume of air traffic by enabling aircraft to transmit their location and identification data to other aircraft and air traffic controllers, allowing for enhanced capacity, safety and efficiency.

"Sensis has pioneered the development of 'mixed mode' surveillance using multilateration and ADS-B technology," said Tony Lo Brutto, vice president and general manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. "With this trial, China takes a leadership position in aviation modernization by laying the groundwork for nationwide deployment of next generation technology."