Avionics and ATC » ATC

News, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.

October 31, 2006 - 10:46am

Nav Canada, the company that runs Canada’s ATC system, reports that because of favorable financial results in its most recent quarter and the preliminary outlook for the balance of the current and following fiscal year, it does not expect to increase customer service charges in the near term, “provided there are no unanticipated adverse developments.” The company’s most recent financial statement is available at

October 31, 2006 - 10:09am

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of five foreign ATC service providers contends that since “commercialization,” they have maintained safety, controlled costs and improved efficiency. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association emphasized that controllers in Cleveland alone handle more operations annually than all of Canada’s controllers handle. It is difficult to compare the U.S.

October 31, 2006 - 9:51am

New European Union minimum liability insurance standards that took effect April 30 are causing some U.S.-based operators to rethink their trips to Europe.

October 30, 2006 - 11:12am

Pennsylvania transportation officials have announced a plan to install automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations at four state airports.

October 25, 2006 - 6:53am

Co-opetition–it’s the hottest new Washington buzzword, meaning that you cooperate with your competitors to ensure you’re not left out when the FAA awards the big contract on which you are all bidding. And the concept is getting serious play in top-level industry and FAA circles.

October 25, 2006 - 6:32am

The configuration of Los Angeles (LAX) Class B airspace is set to change on December 22 to ensure that STAR routes are contained within the protected airspace and to “correct inefficiencies of several existing areas.” In addition, the VFR shoreline transition route with multiple altitudes will be reinstated to allow pilots “to retain flight following at all times.”

October 24, 2006 - 12:24pm

The FAA’s air traffic controller contract proposal maintains the average base pay of current controllers ($166,000), which the agency said is a 74-percent increase since the 1998 contract. The union is proposing to raise average total compensation for all controllers to more than $200,000 in the next four years, according to the agency.

October 24, 2006 - 12:23pm

The union representing air traffic controllers rejected the FAA’s call last month for federal mediation to help the agency reach a new labor agreement with controllers, labeling it a “publicity stunt.” A 1998 contract expired on September 30, and the FAA suggests that little progress has been made since it and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association began negotiations on July 13.

October 23, 2006 - 11:35am

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) will help manage the two-year definition phase of the Sesame Single European Sky implementation program as part of a consortium of companies and industry associations selected as preferred bidder by Eurocontrol.

October 23, 2006 - 10:09am

People tend to think of NASA’s Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) project as a far-fetched plan to put an airplane in every garage and turn the skies of America into tomorrow’s commuter byways. The truth is the SATS program will bring GPS-based “highway in the sky” instrument approaches with lower minimums to hundreds of smaller airports, many of them used today by business aircraft.

 
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