The Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness with Alerts (TSAA) development program was launched in 2011 to address the fact that the current minimum operational performance standards (MOPS) for ADS-B define traffic detection protocols and basic display symbology, but do not include collision detection and alerting standards.
Avidyne has worked closely over the past three years with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on the $4 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - funded TSAA program.
The program started with a comprehensive two year study on midair collisions. Avidyne has developed dual-link ADS-B receivers that are designed to listen to both 1090MHz and 978MHz ADS-B frequencies, and are capable of handling up to 400 targets at once.
A comprehensive flight test program was designed to ensure real-world operation of the ADS-B alerting system. Flight test plans include multiple scenarios across the country with general aviation aircraft, high performance business jets, and helicopters.
The final results of the TSAA program will ultimately affect the Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Aircraft Surveillance Applications described in RTCA System DO-317, and a revision to TSO-C195.
New MOPS will be defined in the second half of 2013 and the new Technical Standard Order (TSO) is expected to be published and available for all manufacturers soon after.
About Avidyne Corporation (www.avidyne.com)
Avidyne’s continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of panel-mounted avionics including their new IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, AMX240 audio panel, AXP340 Mode S Transponder, and DFC90 digital flight control systems. Avidyne’s product line also includes the industry-leading Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck with DFC100 digital flight control system, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the dual-antenna TAS600 series of active traffic advisory systems with ADS-B, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Columbus, OH, Melbourne, FL, and Boulder, CO.
System delivered to Cessna Aircraft Company for installation in a new Cessna Corvalis aircraft on the assembly line in Independence, Kan.
The Capstone Data Interface Protocol is an RS-422/RS-232 data stream designed to support the display of ADS-B Traffic and Weather broadcast services that comply with the DO-282B and DO-317 standards...
It has introduced two new TSO C147-certified Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS), the TAS605 and TAS615, and has lowered the price on its entry-level TAS600.