FAA advances testing of ATC radios

US aerospace technology developer and government contractor General Dynamics´ C4 Systems unit said that new software defined CM 300/350 UHF and VHF air traffic control radios have completed the first phase of US aviation authority the Federal Aviation Administration´s Factory Acceptance Testing programme that evaluates the radios´ hardware and software.

According to GD, the networking radios deliver advanced communications capabilities, including unprecedented sound clarity that makes it easier for air traffic controllers and pilots to hear one another.

Combined with other features, the new radios will significantly improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operating across the increasingly busy US national airspace.

The second phase of testing, scheduled for this fall, will place 90 CM-300/350 radios in FAA facilities in Florida, Oklahoma and New Jersey to validate how the radios perform in realistic operational environments. The CM-300/350 radios are a critical component of the FAA´s NextGen modernization initiative.

When fully deployed they will deliver a flexible communications network, including Voice over Internet Protocol, that will assist air traffic controllers in managing commercial and military aircraft in-flight throughout the national airspace.

The VHF radios will link air traffic controllers with pilots in commercial and general aviation aircraft. The UHF radios are dedicated to communication with military aircraft pilots.

General Dynamics has been a and proven supplier of air traffic control radios since 1992, having delivered more than 35,000 ATC radio products to the FAA.

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