With Congressional differences resolved, the FAA Reauthorization Bill has been signed by the President and is now a formal government act. A done deal, right? Well, perhaps not totally done. Those who read the October report of the FAA-sponsored Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on implementation strategies for ADS-B in were certainly surprised to see that the bill called for in to be mandated in 2020, at the same time as ADS-B out.
Next Generation Air Transportation System
Three industry teams are vying for the FAA’s Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract to provide a nationwide data network between ATC facilities and datacomm-equipped aircraft, with a contract award anticipated in June. Even as it was evaluating these proposals, however, the FAA had not decided which datalink standard to implement.
Eleven of 30 FAA ATC modernization programs reviewed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) have exceeded their initial cost estimates by a total of $4.2 billion, and half have experienced delays.
A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticizes the FAA for lax program cost and schedule monitoring and control related to its air traffic control modernization effort. Of 30 NextGen programs the GAO examined, 11 have experienced cost increases over their original estimates by $4.2 billion, representing more than 60 percent of the agency’s total delay costs for these programs.
Bombardier Aerospace (Chalet CD61) confirmed Ethiopian Airlines today (Thursday) as the customer of an previously-announced order for five Q400 NextGen turboprops, and said that Horizon Air will buy two additional Q400 NextGens.
Garuda Indonesia has become the Asian launch customer for 18 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft valued at a list price of $1.32 billion. The deal is a major boost for the Canadian airframer, which had been struggling to keep production of the 100-seater viable.
The carrier will receive five aircraft this year, a mix of direct buys and leased, with all 18 to be delivered by 2015, CEO Emirsyah Satar said. The aircraft will be in a two-class configuration.
Following the deal, Bombardier has designated GMF Aero Asia as its authorized service center for CRJ 1000s in Asia.
Bombardier Aerospace (Chalet CD61) confirmed Ethiopian Airlines today as the customer of an previously-announced order for five Q400 NextGen turboprops, and said that Horizon Air will buy two additional Q400 NextGens.
A House and Senate conference committee compromised late Tuesday on a four-year FAA reauthorization bill that could reach a floor vote in both chambers as early as next week, beating yet another extension deadline set for February 17. The agency has been operating under short-term extensions since the last long-term multi-year reauthorization expired in late 2007. General aviation associations said they are studying the 375-page bill, which would fund the FAA through Fiscal Year 2015 at a total cost of $63 billion.
An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), tasked by the FAA to advise on ADS-B in introduction strategies, has recommended that the system not be mandated. In large part, this is because many of its potential applications have yet to be fully defined so the benefits payback period on an operator’s investment in the near future would be well outside the typical three-year standard for the major airlines, considered the system’s predominant user group.
U.S. civil aircraft sales for 2011 are expected to total $49.7 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent over 2010, and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) believes the sector will boost its revenue to $51.7 billion this year. But overall aerospace sales will likely experience a moderate decline in 2012 due to government cuts in space and defense.