Business Jet Operators Begin Sending Flight-intent Data to ATC

 - March 30, 2007, 7:43 AM

A handful of business aircraft operators have started transmitting flight-intent data to the FAA’s ATC System Command Center in Herndon, Va. Fractional-share operator Bombardier Flexjet was the first nonscheduled operator to sign up for the program and six more (a mix of charter operators and corporate flight departments) will join soon, according to Joanne Damato, manager for NBAA’s GA Desk at the command center.

Scheduled airlines have been electronically sending flight-intent messages to the ATCSCC since 1996, including daily flight schedules, changes, updates, cancellations and other pertinent information to assist ATC with flow control. Until now, nonscheduled operators have not had this ability, Damato said. She added that any company can sign up. The price is $7,500 a year for up to 10,000 movements.