Posted on: 28 October 2015 by Mark Howells
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream) has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install the soon-to-be required Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ on Gulfstream V aircraft.
The avionics system behind FANS 1/A+ uses automation and satellite-based technology to improve aviation communication, surveillance and traffic management, allowing air traffic control (ATC) to handle a dramatic increase in aircraft traffic.
FANS 1/A+ benefits include reduced fuel burn and flight time through access to shorter flight tracks, reduced pilot workload, reduced separation between aircraft, allowing for increased traffic and flight details automatically communicated to ATC through a VHF or SATCOM data link.
Operational mandates require FANS 1/A+ for the most wind-efficient North Atlantic Ocean flight tracks, with some Pacific Ocean routes also affected. From 30 January, 2020, aircraft without FANS 1/A+ will not be allowed to operate in Minimum Navigation Performance Specification airspace.
“Our FANS 1/A+ solution for Gulfstream V’s is fully integrated with the aircraft’s flight management system,” explained Mike West, Gulfstream’s vice president of product support sales and new business development. “I can’t emphasise the word ‘fully’ enough. The FMS and FANS systems were developed and created through a unique partnership between Gulfstream and Honeywell. The engineering and flight-test efforts were extensive to ensure we meet the needs of our nearly 200 Gulfstream V operators.”
The FANS 1/A+ installation requires a communications management unit, a transceiver, a cockpit voice recorder with data link-recording ability and a flight deck printer. The work can be done at Gulfstream’s US service centres, which are located in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia; West Palm Beach, Florida; Westfield, Massachusetts; Appleton, Wisconsin; Dallas; Las Vegas; and Long Beach, California.
Gulfstream is pursuing a similar supplemental type certificate from the FAA for the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP aircraft.