Air Traffic Organization

May 25, 2010 - 6:22am

Ask any politician or media person what NextGen is and what it will do,
and the chances are that the answers will include three common themes. First, you’ll hear that it uses satellites; second, it will be a boon to the traveling public; and third, it’s “on its way.” So far, so good. However, the devil is in the details, and NextGen has details in spades.

May 4, 2010 - 7:37am

Separate testimonies late last month before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the DOT Inspector General raised serious issues concerning the FAA’s management of its NextGen project.

March 11, 2010 - 10:55am

Debate on S.1451, a bill that would reauthorize FAA spending and programs for two years, began this morning on the Senate floor.

February 23, 2010 - 10:44am

Humans beware. Computers want your job, and considering that they’re smarter, better looking and will work for no pay, they’ll probably get it someday. For professional pilots that could mean preparing for the day when the captain is a software app and you’re just along for the ride. 

February 18, 2010 - 5:24am

The FAA last month responded to the RTCA Industry NextGen Implementation Task Force’s recommendations for the transition to NextGen. The agency had earlier invited the group–300 people recruited from all segments of the aviation industry–to propose optimum solutions to the mid-term, 2010 to 2018, transition to the full implementation of NextGen. The task force published its consensus recommendations last September.

February 11, 2010 - 10:44am

In one of the strongest signals yet that the Obama Administration has gotten the industry message that the decades-old ATC system is sorely in need of replacement, the White House is asking Congress for a $1.14 billion budget in Fiscal Year 2011 for the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, a 31-percent increase from the FY 2010 figure.

December 23, 2009 - 7:12am

The FAA has broken ground for a NextGen research park that will sit adjacent to the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. The complex will offer a central location for the FAA’s industry partners to perform research,  development, testing, integration and verification of the technologies, concepts and procedures required by NextGen.

December 23, 2009 - 6:29am

The FAA finalized the industry-wide technical standard orders (TSOs) for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), the backbone of NextGen. ADS-B will migrate the existing radar surveillance infrastructure from the ground to an aircraft and ground-based system. With the new standard in place, avionics manufacturers can design and build in-aircraft ADS-B equipment needed for NextGen.

December 8, 2009 - 10:45am

The FAA last week finalized the industry-wide technical standard orders (TSOs) for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), the backbone of NextGen. ADS-B will migrate the existing radar surveillance infrastructure from the ground to an aircraft and ground-based system. With the new standard in place, avionics manufacturers can now design and build in-aircraft ADS-B equipment needed for NextGen.

November 24, 2009 - 10:31am

Plans to jump-start NextGen equipage by giving preferential treatment for installation of new avionics systems will fundamentally alter the FAA’s “first-come, first-served” mantra for providing ATC services, according to Department of Transportation inspector general Calvin Scovel III.

 
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