Next Generation Air Transportation System

November 30, 2010 - 6:31am

ICAO’s two-week Assembly in Montreal in late September/early October covered much new ground as senior representatives from the world’s nations got to grips with the challenges civil aviation faces as it transitions to a still unfolding advanced-technology environment.

November 30, 2010 - 5:19am

NASA has awarded a $1.2 million contract to Honeywell and Gulfstream for an 11-month test program of synthetic- and enhanced-vision systems (ESVS) technologies in business jet cockpits. The program’s overall research goal is to use SVS and EVS views for “equivalent visual operations,” a key initiative in the FAA’s plan for NextGen.

November 29, 2010 - 9:21am

In an October report titled “FAA faces significant risks in implementing the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast program and realizing benefits,” the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) criticizes the FAA’s uncertainty on avionics costs and specifications, ground station contracting arrangements and program oversight, among other things.

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.

October 26, 2010 - 12:44pm

Despite the best efforts of numerous aviation groups and a small army of lobbyists, Congress adjourned early last month without enacting an FAA reauthorization bill. Before the rush to get out of Washington began in ­earnest, lawmakers passed a 16th short-term extension of FAA programs and funding, which President Obama signed into law.

October 26, 2010 - 9:47am

The U.S. DOT Inspector General (IG), the FAA’s fiscal watchdog, recently issued a report titled “FAA faces significant risks in implementing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast program and realizing benefits.” The IG examined key risks to the FAA’s ADS-B implementation and assessed strengths and weaknesses of its contracting approach.

October 19, 2010 - 4:33pm

Two new studies underscore the value of business aviation–and the high cost of not using it. Nexa Advisors studied the value of business aviation to Standard & Poor’s Smallcap 600 companies from 2005 to 2010.

October 19, 2010 - 3:53pm

To the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), 2010 is proving to be a little worse than last year as far as shipments of aircraft are concerned, even as billings are up slightly. And many people are asking questions about that, said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, and it is fairly easy to explain. “Most of the robustness is at the upper end of the spectrum of products that we have where profit margins are larger,” he said.

October 18, 2010 - 7:06am

Several elements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System depend on GPS-based area navigation (RNAV) and required navigation performance (RNP). RNP is essentially RNAV with onboard performance and alerting capability. The ability of the aircraft's own navigation system to monitor its navigation performance and to inform the crew if the required performance is not being met is a defining capability of RNP operations.

October 13, 2010 - 5:34am

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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