Free flight

May 19, 2008 - 7:50am

Raytheon said it achieved initial operating capability (IOC) for a second limited-production version of its new standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) at the Tracon facility serving Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, Conn.

May 15, 2008 - 9:25am

The FAA’s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP) is moving to regain the momentum lost following September 11. Introduced last June, the OEP was aimed at transforming today’s air traffic system into a more efficient, expanded-capacity operating environment by the progressive introduction of advanced ATC and aircraft systems over the next 10 years.

May 9, 2008 - 5:48am

Free Flight describes a future air-traffic environment where we will fly unrestricted “trajectories” from departure to destination, based on our choice of route, altitude, speed, ETD and ETA, and with controllers sitting quietly at their screens while they monitor our progress to ensure we don’t get too close to each other.

May 8, 2008 - 6:50am

Charlie Keegan, who has headed the FAA’s Free Flight Office since its inception three years ago, has been named to lead the modernization effort outlined in the FAA’s new Operational Evolution Plan (OEP).

May 6, 2008 - 11:39am

The FAA has decided that automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) will use a combination of the 1090-MHz extended squitter surveillance link for air carrier and private/commercial operators of high-performance aircraft, and the universal access transceiver (UAT) surveillance link for the typical general aviation user.

May 6, 2008 - 6:01am

Perhaps deliberately, the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) is not easy to find. Tucked away in the countryside near Herndon, Va., the facility looks like any of the other low-rise high-tech buildings in the neighborhood. But unlike the others, the ATCSCC has no large signs announcing its owner’s name, no imposing entrance and no flags flying outside.

February 4, 2008 - 9:23am

TCAS has done a remarkable job of helping pilots avoid midair collisions, providing a last line of defense in those all-too-common instances when two aircraft are racing toward a single point in the sky at precisely the same moment.

February 4, 2008 - 9:23am

TCAS has done a remarkable job of helping pilots avoid midair collisions, providing a last line of defense in those all-too-common instances when two aircraft are racing toward a single point in the sky at precisely the same moment.

January 30, 2008 - 10:55am

When the high-altitude redesign (HAR) portion of the FAA’s national airspace redesign program begins initial implementation this year, it will signal the beginning of the end for dependence on station-to-station navigation between ground-based Vortacs and represent a first step toward Free Flight, the Holy Grail of 21st century airspace management.

January 30, 2008 - 10:55am

When the high-altitude redesign (HAR) portion of the FAA’s national airspace redesign program begins initial implementation this year, it will signal the beginning of the end for dependence on station-to-station navigation between ground-based Vortacs and represent a first step toward Free Flight, the Holy Grail of 21st century airspace management.

 
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