Thursday, 23 October 2014
Anchorage - Sapporo
Part of having a successful operation is to have a strong operations team supporting the Crew, we just can’t do it alone. This evening, our partners at ABS Jets (operators of seven Legacy aircraft) alerted us of the very strong wind flow over the North Atlantic routes and suggested a stop. Although it normally takes three days for permits to be arranged, the ABS Dispatch team managed to secure all permissions for a stop in Sapporo before we continue on to Tokyo.
Having the ability to use CPDLC and ADS-B on the Legacy 650 gives us an amazing advantage. We have the ability to digitally send our position reports and the privilege to be monitored by air traffic control continuously, even in areas not serviced by radar. Some might think that this advantage is only applicable while crossing the ocean, but, for example, we used it just yesterday for the entire route over Canada. The ADS-B provides us with enhanced traffic avoidance and awareness safety, and the ability to clearly identify the air traffic around us in remote regions.
With our global Internet system and satellite phone, our CEO can stay in touch with our head office and continue to make critical decisions while in flight. This alone justifies his investment in the Legacy 650.