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"KaiserAir Among Few to Receive Approval to Install New Terrain Awareness Warning System in Gulfstream G-III Aircraft"
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- From: "Stephen Irwin" <stepheni@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 22:13:02 -0800
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Friday, February 9, 2001
KaiserAir Among Few to Receive Approval to Install New Terrain Awareness
Warning System in Gulfstream G-III Aircraft
OAKLAND, Calif., Feb 9, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration has authorized KaiserAir, Inc., a full-service aviation
management company and fixed-base operator at Oakland International Airport,
to install the Universal Technical Standard Ordered Terrain Awareness and
Warning System (TAWS) in all Gulfstream G-III aircraft.
KaiserAir is one of the few maintenance centers in the nation to have earned
the supplemental-type certificate from the FAA to install the new
state-of-the-art safety system, which will be required in all chartered
turbine-powered aircraft by 2005 under new FAA rule FAR135.154. KaiserAir
also is in the process of submitting an application to be allowed to install
the system in Gulfstream G-IV aircraft.
TAWS is designed to provide pilots with increased situational awareness in
any weather conditions day or night by giving them detailed visual
renderings of their locations in relation to mountains and other terrain
that may be a danger to their aircraft. The system uses a computer connected
to various technical components inside the aircraft, including global
positioning systems and flight path intent information, and cross-references
that information with a database of worldwide terrain maps in order to
create the visual images. It includes warning devices designed to alert
pilots if they fly too close to potential terrain-based aviation hazards.
The Terrain Awareness and Warning System eventually will replace the Ground
Proximity Warning System (GPS) currently used on most aircraft.
"This system essentially becomes the pilot's eyes, especially in inclement
conditions," said Andrew Fitzgerald, KaiserAir's vice president of
maintenance. "GPS doesn't give pilots the depth of warning and presentation
that TAWS does. TAWS will reduce the possibility of accidents associated
with controlled flight into terrain and so will be safer."
The TAWS system was certified by the FAA toward the end of 2000. KaiserAir
this week received notification that its rigorous application for TAWS
installations in Gulfstream G-IIIs was approved, said Sandy Waters, vice
president of KaiserAir.
KaiserAir specializes in the operation and maintenance of Gulfstream,
Hawker, Cessna Citation and other business jet aircraft. Thirty-three of
Fortune Magazine's Top 50 corporations make KaiserAir's Executive Terminal
their home when they conduct business in the San Francisco area.
Additional information is available on the Internet at www.kaiserair.com, or
by telephoning 510/569-9622.
Note: High-resolution photos, specifically designed for reproduction, can be
downloaded from the Internet at www.givememore.com/kaiserair.
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