Next Generation Air Transportation System

September 21, 2007 - 6:08am

The FAA’s decision last month to award ITT Corp. a $1.8 billion contract (including options) to develop and deploy automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology sets in motion a major NextGen ATC project. But it will take years for the full benefits to be realized.

September 21, 2007 - 4:59am

The FAA will upgrade the cockpits in its fleet of 18 King Air 300 flight-inspection airplanes with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics systems rather than replace the aircraft, the agency said. Rockwell Collins installed the retrofit displays and associated hardware in the first airplane last month. FAA technicians will perform the upgrades in the remainder over the next three years as part of a broader aircraft life-extension program.

September 20, 2007 - 12:19pm

The Reason Foundation has assembled a group of nine “leading aviation experts”–including former DOT Secretary Jim Burnley, former FAA Administrator Langhorne Bond and former NBAA president Jonathan Howe–that is calling for “significant changes” to the U.S. ATC system.

September 20, 2007 - 9:33am

Congress has begun hashing out the final act in the most recent FAA funding battle. Bills in the House and the Senate are scheduled for votes and the differing measures could proceed to a joint House-Senate conference committee for final resolution later this fall. Some Capitol Hill observers expect that a conference agreement could be reached before the end of this month.

September 20, 2007 - 6:54am

Visitors who arrived at this year’s NBAA Convention on a commercial flight into Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport might have noticed a much longer glide on the approach and less noise in the cabin.

September 20, 2007 - 6:31am

Per-seat, on-demand carrier DayJet on September 5 received  its Part 135 air charter certificate to operate its fleet of 12 Eclipse 500 very light jets. The company began a gradual rollout of its service two weeks later from “DayPorts” in the Florida cities of Boca Raton, Gainesville, Lakeland, Pensacola and Tallahassee. DayJet currently has 190 employees, approximately 30 of whom are pilots, according to CFO John Staten.

September 19, 2007 - 1:37pm
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Blue skies over the Atlantic may look a little greener over the next few years as the U.S. and European Union member states work together to reduce aviation’s environmental impact.

August 30, 2007 - 12:22pm

During a press conference this afternoon, soon-to-be-acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell and Vincent Capezzuto, the agency’s surveillance and broadcast services program manager, announced that ITT has been awarded the $1.8 billion contract (including options) to develop automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B).

August 30, 2007 - 6:03am

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will become president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) when her term as head of the agency ends September 13. AIA is an Arlington, Va.-based trade association representing the nation’s manufacturers of civil and military aerospace products.

August 29, 2007 - 5:12am

With Congress out of town for its “summer district work period,” there was little action on the FAA’s reauthorization bill, and the nagging question of how to fund the agency for the next four years hung over the legislature as the September 30 deadline loomed.

Lawmakers departed early last month for a 25-day hiatus, but the rhetoric between the nation’s airlines and general aviation over user fees continued apace.

 
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