- May 19, 2008, 11:54 AM
The FAA is attributing better planning between major airlines and ATC for reducing delays nearly 12 percent since the implementation of Free Flight Phase 1. The trials include a process called collaborative decision-making (CDM), whereby airlines and ATC continuously share planning information to streamline the flow of traffic in and out of major hub airports. NBAA is on the verge of announcing its formal involvement in CDM, a move that would allow business aircraft operators to participate in the program. According to Bob Lamond, NBAA manager of air-traffic services, the challenge has been in deciding exactly how business aviation would become integrated in a process originally developed for the airlines at major airports. Lamond told AIN the association believes it has now developed a plan that will allow business aircraft operators to start reaping the benefits of CDM.