The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Top Management Challenges for Fiscal Year 2013, which began October 1, last week.
“Improving air and surface safety continues to be the Department’s overarching priority,” says its latest report. The department says the challenges include “maximizing existing data to identify trends and root causes of safety issues, enhancing risk-based oversight at carriers and repair stations, and mitigating air traffic controller fatigue.”
Another concern is how to move the NextGen project more effectively from a concept to a fully functioning air traffic control system that enhances safety in the process.
In the near term, the DOT wants to see the NextGen benefits at the most congested airports while mitigating risks that delays with the en route automation modernization program pose to other critical NextGen initiatives. ATC facility consolidation and modernization are also a top priority, as well as integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into the National Airspace System.