Next Generation Air Transportation System

February 28, 2011 - 10:35am

While the general aviation industry has suffered recently, demand for GA products and services will continue to grow, paced by new business jets and light sport aircraft, the FAA told attendees at its annual aerospace forecast.

"Business aviation shows signs of rebounding," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "And weπre projecting growth in general aviation sectors, particularly in the jet and light sport aircraft sectors."

February 27, 2011 - 8:15am

For those who manage the nation’s airports, the message coming out of their annual Washington Legislative Conference last month was one of gloom and doom.

Speakers warned attendees that House Republicans’ pledge to slash more than $32 billion from agency budgets over the next few months could affect everything from NextGen ATC modernization to the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.

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 - 9:30am

Prospects for breaking the logjam that has stalled an FAA reauthorization bill for more than three years grew better with passage in the Senate of the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act on Thursday by a vote of 87-8. Meanwhile, one day earlier in the lower chamber, the House Transportation Committee approved its FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 by a vote of 34 to 25 one day earlier.

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 17, 2011 - 10:00am

The FAA is forecasting a recovery for general aviation, with business jets and light sport aircraft leading the way. After growing rapidly for most of the past decade, the demand for business jets has slowed over the past few years.

February 17, 2011 - 9:45am

Garmin reports that LightSquared’s proposed nationwide broadband Internet service could seriously interfere with GPS signals. As a result of this and other filed objections, the FCC is withholding LightSquared’s operational approval until a three-month independent expert analysis agrees that this will not occur.

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.

January 11, 2011 - 9:54am

Software problems with the FAA's new, $2.1 billion en route automation modernization (Eram) computer system, originally scheduled to be operational at all 20 air route traffic control centers (ARTCC) last year, could incur repair costs for the agency of up to $500 million.

 
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