Terminal Control Center

September 17, 2012 - 4:00pm

The NTSB’s initial report of the July 31 loss of standard ATC separation between three regional airliners operating near Washington’s Reagan Airport (DCA) said the aircraft were not as close as some people at first believed. The Board cited poor ATC coordination as the reason for the incident. The NTSB said the Potomac Tracon supervisor called the supervisor at DCA tower at 2.00 p.m.

August 27, 2012 - 3:30pm

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada has updated its investigation of the May 28 midair collision between a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 over the Washington, D.C. suburb of Summerduck, Va. The TSB is handling the investigation at the request of NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman to avoid any potential conflicts of interest because the two victims aboard the Bonanza were U.S. government employees.

August 20, 2012 - 4:05pm

The FAA has updated JO 7210.822, a guiding document for ATC facilities in determining back-up procedures when a control tower or Tracon is staffed with only a single air traffic controller. The August 15 ruling prohibits automated aircraft handoffs from one facility to another when only one person is on duty. Center, approach and tower controllers will be kept busy with communications checks every 15 minutes during the entire midnight shift.

August 6, 2012 - 4:40pm

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told the media August 2 that the three US Airways-branded regional jets involved in a series of ATC losses of separation near Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) on July 31 were never in danger of actually colliding.

July 23, 2012 - 4:30pm

Acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta and DOT Secretary Ray LaHood broke ground on July 9 for the NextGen ATC tower to be built at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Calif.

July 8, 2012 - 1:50pm

Raytheon’s funding of the deployment of satellite-based surveillance at the largest terminal ATC facilities in the U.S. is a good example of the type of public/private partnership needed to advance the country’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), according to the U.S. group.

June 4, 2012 - 4:35pm
NATCA president Paul Rinaldi

As the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives wrestles with deciding which of the FAA’s 402 Air Traffic Control facilities should be remodeled and which ones should be combined to reduce operating costs, Congressmen have been hearing testimony from the FAA, DOT and National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) offi

May 4, 2012 - 11:44am

Jeppesen will this week publish the new CABAA Visual Departure from Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), 10 nm north of Chicago’s O’Hare International.

April 4, 2012 - 3:30am

Although the FAA has begun hiring and training more than 12,000 air traffic controllers to offset the large numbers of impending retirees, a disturbing number of new hires fail to complete their training, according to a January report from the DOT Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

January 12, 2012 - 10:38am
Aircraft multifunction control display with data message

Aerospace companies, airlines and communications providers have aligned to pursue the FAA’s Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, the second major step in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization effort. The contenders expect a contract award in June for the 17-year, multibillion-dollar program.

 
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