Next Generation Air Transportation System

August 29, 2011 - 5:05am

The loss of service from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) stations in the Gulf of Mexico last summer exposed the risk inherent in the FAA monitoring a contractor-owned system, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

August 16, 2011 - 10:56am

“The effects of LightSquared deployment would be far-reaching and potentially devastating to aviation,” the FAA wrote to the President’s Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) group in a report that was recently leaked to the media.

August 15, 2011 - 7:30am
An ADS-B ground radio station in Boca Raton, Fla., stands as one of 794 due f...

The U.S. Department of Transportation appears unconvinced that the FAA can adequately monitor the contractor-owned automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program–a supposed model of public-private partnership.

July 27, 2011 - 6:15am

The vision of the satellite-based, data-centric, network-enabled transformation of the ATC system known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) has entered mainstream discourse in the U.S., but so too has the realization of its formidable cost.

July 25, 2011 - 8:50am
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (left) and FAA Administrator Randy B...

The FAA has issued a request for offers to provide data communications services under the agency’s Data Comm effort, considered one of the “transformational” programs leading to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

July 25, 2011 - 4:50am
The jam head of ITT’s infrared-countermeasures system was developed for a U.S...

ITT Corp. will spin off its defense segment into a standalone business–ITT Exelis–later this year. The new company will be based in McLean, Va., and led by David Melcher, currently president of ITT Defense and Information Solutions, as CEO. The company’s 2011 revenue is estimated at $5.8 billion. Christopher Bernhardt will continue to lead the Electronic Systems unit in Clifton, N.J.

July 18, 2011 - 7:10am
David Grizzle, formerly FAA chief counsel, has been named COO of the agency’s...

Nearly three months after Henry “Hank” Krakowski was forced out as head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), the agency named acting head David Grizzle permanently to the post. Krakowski resigned as ATO COO on April 14, following a series of highly publicized incidents in which air traffic controllers were found sleeping on duty.

June 29, 2011 - 6:20am

Despite all the fits and starts, NextGen in the U.S. will eventually affect business aircraft operators, although perhaps not on the schedule that the FAA currently espouses. It is not too soon to start considering the impact of NextGen on business aviation and how it will drive equipment requirements.

June 29, 2011 - 6:15am

The FAA’s March 2011 NextGen implementation plan is certainly a finely drawn view of what we should expect to see by 2018. Replete with charts, graphs, attractive photography and explanatory text, the document makes for exciting reading.

June 23, 2011 - 3:30am

Ethics in the global aerospace industry is one of many topics that CEOs from the U.S. and Europe are addressing at meetings here this week, according to U.S. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) president and CEO Marion Blakey.

 
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