U.S. and European aviation authorities agree that air traffic will double, possibly even triple, by 2025, and air traffic managements worldwide are busy devising solutions to meet this challenge, with new technologies and new procedures expected to be introduced gradually in the next several years.
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While preparing for traffic to double and perhaps even triple in the coming decades, the FAA has made clear that putting up the ground-based infrastructure to support that traffic will be expensive, ultimately costing billions of dollars.
A new advertisement sponsored by the Air Transport Association (ATA) and targeted at airline passengers on the CNN Airport Network has NBAA and the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) striking back.
The investigation into why an Embraer Legacy and Gol Airlines Boeing 737 collided over the Amazon jungle last September 29 isn’t expected to conclude for several months, but that hasn’t stopped Brazil’s Federal Police from recommending criminal prosecutions for ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino.
The FAA said last month that this summer it will greatly expand the airspace flow program (AFP), an initiative it implemented last summer to better manage airline delays associated with summer thunderstorms. In all, seven combinations were available for use last year, mainly to meter the flow of traffic to the Northeast. This year operators can expect 18 separate geographic possibilities when the program expands to the Midwest.
AOPA wrote a letter to the FAA last week saying that if a new policy outlined in Advisory Circular (AC) 90-100A is allowed to remain as it is currently written, more than 25,000 GPS users will not be able to use the unit as a substitute for DME or Rnav procedures.
A Brazilian public prosecutor has recommended that a federal judge indict four air traffic controllers and the two American pilots involved in the midair collision between an Embraer Legacy operated by ExcelAire and a Boeing 737 operated by Gol over the Amazon jungle last September. The prosecutor is requesting that one of the controllers, Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, be charged with intentional manslaughter.
Phase One of a proposal by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to improve airspace capacity will require aircraft owners in the UK to upgrade to a Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Mode-S transponder by March 31, 2012. In addition, all new installations of SSR transponders must be Mode-S compliant beyond March 31 next year.
The FAA said yesterday it will greatly expand the airspace flow program (AFP) this summer, an initiative implemented last summer as a better way to manage airline delays associated with summer thunderstorms. In all, seven combinations were available for use last year, mainly to meter the flow of traffic to the Northeast. This year operators can expect 18 separate geographic possibilities when the program expands to the Midwest.
Eurocontrol plans to launch a so-called Very Light Jet Integration Platform (VIP) to discuss issues relating to the introduction of the new generation of business/personal aircraft. But is the European air traffic management agency overestimating the potential impact VLJs will have on the crowded European airspace or are the concerns warranted?