Air Traffic Organization

April 30, 2011 - 1:00pm

Airborne communications and flight following provider Guardian Mobility has appointed Howard Pearl president and CEO. He succeeds founding CEO Jean Carr.

Jeppesen has named Paul Eckert v-p of aviation for Europe. He will lead the company’s European, Middle East and African operations.

April 14, 2011 - 10:45am

Hank Krakowski, head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), resigned today amid the fallout of not one but two incidents in as many weeks where the sole controller on duty at a tower late at night fell asleep. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt accepted his resignation.

February 28, 2011 - 10:35am

While the general aviation industry has suffered recently, demand for GA products and services will continue to grow, paced by new business jets and light sport aircraft, the FAA told attendees at its annual aerospace forecast.

"Business aviation shows signs of rebounding," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "And weπre projecting growth in general aviation sectors, particularly in the jet and light sport aircraft sectors."

February 27, 2011 - 8:15am

For those who manage the nation’s airports, the message coming out of their annual Washington Legislative Conference last month was one of gloom and doom.

Speakers warned attendees that House Republicans’ pledge to slash more than $32 billion from agency budgets over the next few months could affect everything from NextGen ATC modernization to the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.

February 27, 2011 - 5:30am

Making good on promises of quick action on long-delayed FAA authorization, the Senate passed its "FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act" on February 17, with the House Transportation Committee approved is version of FAA reauthorization legislation a day earlier. The bill must now go to the House for a full vote.

February 24, 2011 - 9:45am

Last week, Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) Calvin Scovel III, along with an MIT representative and an FAA vice president, gave separate testimony on NextGen status before the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics.

February 22, 2011 - 7:45am

Although the FAA and JetBlue signed a $4.2 million “NextGen agreement” whereby the agency will fund installation of ADS-B avionics in up to 35 of the airlineπs Airbus A320s, it doesn’t appear that new legislation moving through Congress will contain funds for NextGen avionics equipage for other stakeholders.

February 11, 2011 - 10:30am

Despite efforts to reduce federal government spending to 2008 levels, general aviation groups told Congress yesterday it is "critical" that the next FAA reauthorization bill provide sufficient funding for FAA programs designed to advance the NextGen air traffic management system.

December 23, 2010 - 8:57am

When Congress in 2003 signed off on the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act–better known as Vision 100–it officially set in motion the Next Generation Air Transportation System (Ngats) plan, which by 2025 would transform the legacy 20th Century communications, navigation and surveillance domains into an operating environment employing the advanced technologies of the future.

October 27, 2010 - 7:00am

Progress on the FAA’s ambitious NextGen overhaul of the ATC system in the U.S. has reached a vital juncture, one in which a long list of high-tech challenges confronting developers must be addressed quickly to avoid program delays and cost overruns in the future.

 
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