Next Generation Air Transportation System

October 8, 2007 - 5:43am

The multi-agency Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) now working on
a roadmap for a next-generation air-transportation system (NGATS) expects to have a draft plan by this summer and a report to Congress by December. But don’t expect to see any immediate changes in the U.S. air-transportation system.

October 4, 2007 - 9:49am

Iridium Satellite LLC, the company that has emerged from the bankruptcy of the Motorola-led satellite communications consortium, last month submitted a proposal to the FAA outlining its idea for continuous, real-time broadcast of cockpit voice and flight data through its constellation of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites.

October 4, 2007 - 7:24am

For the first couple of months this year, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has been the most peripatetic agency head in recent years, making extended trips to the Far East and most recently to South America.

October 4, 2007 - 5:23am

By this summer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University expects that the flight-training fleets at its Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. campuses will be fully equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) avionics. Between 40 and 50 aircraft–primarily Cessna 172s and Piper Seminoles–at each location will receive ADS-B installations.

October 4, 2007 - 5:11am

The FAA and Mitre Corp. have awarded WSI a contract to provide datalink weather information for use in the upcoming East Coast evaluation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology.

October 2, 2007 - 11:24am

The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require all aircraft flying in the “nation’s busiest airspace” to have ADS-B installed by 2020, enabling air traffic controllers to track aircraft by satellite and pilots to see real-time traffic on a cockpit display.

October 1, 2007 - 10:47am

Runways at U.S. airports are getting safer, according to a recent FAA report. The agency said the number of incursions dropped 20 percent over a four-year period, to 324 last year, of which 32 were characterized as “high risk.” The number of “high-risk” incidents has dropped 50 percent since 2000, the report shows.

September 26, 2007 - 11:35am

The FAA has issued a final decision for redesigning the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan airspace, but it is likely that airport neighbors will challenge the plan on the grounds that the new routings increase noise.

September 26, 2007 - 11:34am

The FAA awarded to ITT in August an 18-year, $1.8 billion contract to provide nationwide automatic dependent surveillance- broadcast (ADS-B) service through- out the National Airspace System. ITT will design, build, install, operate and maintain that critical element of the FAA’s NextGen infrastructure, with the agency’s involvement limited to certification and operational oversight.

September 26, 2007 - 10:10am

In her final speech before the Washington Aero Club last month, former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey chided the airlines for causing most of their own delay problems with flight schedules that “are at times out of line with reality.”

 
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