Air Traffic Organization

February 27, 2011 - 5:30am

Making good on promises of quick action on long-delayed FAA authorization, the Senate passed its "FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act" on February 17, with the House Transportation Committee approved is version of FAA reauthorization legislation a day earlier. The bill must now go to the House for a full vote.

February 24, 2011 - 9:45am

Last week, Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) Calvin Scovel III, along with an MIT representative and an FAA vice president, gave separate testimony on NextGen status before the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics.

February 22, 2011 - 7:45am

Although the FAA and JetBlue signed a $4.2 million “NextGen agreement” whereby the agency will fund installation of ADS-B avionics in up to 35 of the airlineπs Airbus A320s, it doesn’t appear that new legislation moving through Congress will contain funds for NextGen avionics equipage for other stakeholders.

February 11, 2011 - 10:30am

Despite efforts to reduce federal government spending to 2008 levels, general aviation groups told Congress yesterday it is "critical" that the next FAA reauthorization bill provide sufficient funding for FAA programs designed to advance the NextGen air traffic management system.

December 23, 2010 - 8:57am

When Congress in 2003 signed off on the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act–better known as Vision 100–it officially set in motion the Next Generation Air Transportation System (Ngats) plan, which by 2025 would transform the legacy 20th Century communications, navigation and surveillance domains into an operating environment employing the advanced technologies of the future.

October 27, 2010 - 7:00am

Progress on the FAA’s ambitious NextGen overhaul of the ATC system in the U.S. has reached a vital juncture, one in which a long list of high-tech challenges confronting developers must be addressed quickly to avoid program delays and cost overruns in the future.

October 13, 2010 - 5:34am

Progress on the FAA’s ambitious NextGen overhaul of the ATC system in the U.S. has reached a vital juncture, one in which a long list of high-tech challenges confronting developers must be addressed quickly to avoid program delays and cost overruns in the future.

October 1, 2010 - 7:10am

If NextGen were an upcoming movie, Swim–for system-wide information management (Swim)–would get top billing for its leading role, and would certainly pick up the Best Supporting Actor award as well. That would only be fair, since Swim will provide the glue that will hold all NextGen’s ­myriad components together, according to speakers at a recent FAA/Air Traffic Control Association New Technologies Symposium in Atlantic City.

September 30, 2010 - 5:45am

Airport upgrades and the Next Generation Air Traffic System are part of the Obama Administration’s plans to invest more than $50 billion in the U.S.’s transportation infrastructure in the next year, the first installment of a six-year transportation strategy that includes creating an “infrastructure bank.” White House officials said the cost will be offset by raising taxes on oil and gas companies.

September 28, 2010 - 10:46am

Presenters at an RTCA symposium in Washington, D.C., last week warned that the FAA’s ambitious NextGen overhaul of the ATC system in the U.S. faces daunting challenges that must be addressed now to avoid delays and cost overruns in the future. But FAA officials speaking at the event also pointed to progress in deploying ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) ground stations across the U.S.

 
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