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Taiwan to introduce new-generation flight inspection jet

2012/07/24 20:51:37

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) The Civil Aeronautics Administration will acquire a new-generation flight inspection aircraft July 27, which has a high tech-based operation system that is expected to greatly increase the country's flight navigation ability.

The Super King 350iER jet bought from U.S. aerospace manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Co. will carry the latest Automatic Flight Inspection System (AFIS) developed by Germany's Aerodata AG, the administration said Tuesday.

The new jet will employ global positioning system (GPS) technology instead of traditional ground-based navigation infrastructure such as radar and will make air navigation more immediate and precise, said the administration.

A flight inspection aircraft is often used to simulate real flight procedures to detect if there are any communication loopholes between pilots and air traffic controllers.

It can also help aviation officials to better construct efficient flight networks through analyzing topographic and weather data near the airports, officials explained.

It will be the latest facility the administration has introduced after it brought in the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system last year, which is aimed at automating Taiwan's air traffic control network.

"The new navigation system's performance could match the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) being adopted by the United States," said administration official Chang Ling-ti.

Chang said the aircraft and the system, which together cost NT$600 million (US$20 million), is expected to be compliant with global aviation standards throughout the next decade.

The administration's current flight inspection aircraft has been in service since 1991 and has carried out 6,614 missions with a total duration of 7,927 flight hours.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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