ACSS Launches New Flight Deck Retrofit Solution for ADS-B In Surveillance Technology

by ACSS on 06/17/2019

− New SafeRoute+ Retrofit Solution Minimizes Installation Costs So Airlines Can Realize the Safety and Financial Benefits of ADS-B In

LE BOURGET, France, June 17, 2019 – ACSS, an L3 Technologies and Thales Company, has launched SafeRoute+, an ADS-B In retrofit solution for airlines. This new design, including an all-new display, enables airlines to enhance safety and efficiency and improves on-time performance without extensive and costly cockpit modifications.

“Our new design is a significant advancement for the airline industry. It’s the only retrofit cockpit surveillance system available for ADS-B In technology,” said Terry Flaishans, President of ACSS, part of L3’s Commercial Aviation sector. “The new ADS-B Guidance Display makes upgrades affordable and yields a much higher return on our customers’ investment. Pilots like it because they can see all the information about surrounding aircraft, including speed and distance; airlines like it because it ensures efficiency and improves the time it takes to turn flights and maintain profitable schedules.”

SafeRoute+’s ADS-B In applications are hosted on their TCAS 3000SP™ or T3CAS® computers and executed using the existing Navigation Display (ND) and Multi-function Control and Display Unit (MCDU), as well as the new ADS-B Guidance Display (AGD) from ACSS.

Pilots are finding SafeRoute+ easy to learn, and the new retrofit architecture makes it practical and economical for operators to start using ADS-B In applications in 2020. SafeRoute+ currently offers five applications, which increase situational awareness, reduce missed approaches, enable higher achievable throughput, optimize spacing buffers and reduce fuel burn, thereby lowering carbon emissions. Operators can choose the applications that best align with their specific operations.

The first generation of SafeRoute was certified using Class 3 Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs); the new SafeRoute+ architecture eliminates the need for these costly Class 3 EFB devices. SafeRoute+ is expected to be certified in the third quarter of this year.

SafeRoute+ provides an economical solution for airlines to take advantage of multiple ADS-B In functions starting in 2020, enabling operators to reduce costs, fuel burn and emissions while increasing situational awareness and airport efficiency and throughput. For more information about SafeRoute+, TCAS 3000SP or T3CAS, visit www.L3CommercialAviation.com/SafeRoute.

About ACSS
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is a joint venture, with 70 percent owned by L3 and 30 percent owned by Thales, and is managed by L3’s Commercial Aviation sector. ACSS designs and manufactures products for all aircraft and helicopter segments, and supports products for air transport and regional airlines, business aviation, and helicopter, General Aviation (GA) and military aircraft operators. ACSS produces avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness and efficiency for commercial and military flight operators. More than 75,000 ACSS products are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft.

About Thales
Thales Avionics is the exclusive air transport sales and support agent of ACSS products. Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.9 billion in 2018. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world. For information about Thales Avionics, visit www.thalesgroup.com.

About L3 Commercial Aviation
L3 Commercial Aviation provides holistic solutions across a wide range of services to the commercial aviation industry. From check-in to touchdown, L3 Commercial Aviation’s integrated solutions work to make air travel safer, more efficient and more effective. Its expertise extends across on-aircraft avionics, integrated airport security and complete pilot training offerings. It combines products and services from L3’s Aviation Products, Commercial Training Solutions (CTS), and Security & Detection Systems business units, as well as ACSS, a joint venture of L3 and Thales. To learn more about L3 Commercial Aviation, please visit the company’s website at www.L3CommercialAviation.com.

About L3
With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2018 sales of $10.2 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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