China Air Show, Zuhai November 13, 2012 – Thales is pleased to announce that the latest
integrated surveillance suite known as T3CAS is now flying in China on-board Chengdu Airlines. T3CAS includes TCAS (Traffic and Collision Avoidance System), TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System) and Transponder functions all in a single 6 MCU Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). These functions have been integrated into one single unit to save weight, space and improve system reliability.
The T3CAS being installed on Chengdu Airlines includes the latest Airbus solution in ADS-B IN capabilities (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) known as ATSAW (Air Traffic Situational Awareness). This enables airlines to save fuel consumption by better merging and spacing and adjusting flight levels, while providing enhanced situational awareness. The system also includes a Mode S Transponders DO 260A and a certified change 7.1 TCAS which is fully compliant with all future ATM requirements throughout the world.
T3CAS could also potentially allow Required Navigation Performance with Authorization
Required capacity - (RNP with AR) approaches in terrain challenging airports thanks to the high resolution terrain Data Base loaded in the T3CAS box.
Chengdu Airlines and several other international carriers, who previously selected T3CAS from THALES/ACSS, are already flying in China with such systems on-board. For example; Juneyao Airlines, is operating its A320 fleet equipped with the first generation system (T2CAS) initially certified in 2005.
As such, all the Chinese runways operated by Airbus planes are included in the terrain Data Base. Coverage will extend with the entry into service of the COMAC ARJ21, where TAWS+ computer from ACSS will be integrated into the avionics suite of this future Chinese regional jet.
“T3CAS delivers the most advanced air traffic surveillance and terrain avoidance capability,” said Olivier Guibert, President Thales China and North Asia region. “Through technological advancements, like performance based TAWS, T3CAS is an integrated solution that features more advanced terrain conflict prediction and alerting functions, less weight and volume compared to federated systems, reduced wiring and improved power efficiency, all these translate to significant savings for the airlines,” Olivier emphasizes.
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