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ATC Maastricht 2006 Conference Feb. 14 to 16

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What will JPDO hand out at Maastricht?

The ATC Maastricht 2006 is the largest international conference and exhibition for the air traffic control and management industry - in one place you'll find the people, the products and the services representing air traffic control operations worldwide.

The JPDO's NGATS' booth will be in the exhibit hall staffed with a full contingent of JPDO professionals. At the conference, Russ Chew, Chief Operating Officer of the FAA - Air Traffic Organization, will be a keynote speaker, while Karl Grundmann, JPDO Communications Director will speak on the future of ATM.

For more about this conference, please, visit our Maastricht ATC Conference page, and to stay informed about future events, please check our Upcoming Conferences page regularly.

Experts Sought by Airports, Safety IPTs

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Safety IPT

The NGATS Institute announced that there are still openings at Integrated Product Teams, and your help may be needed. The Airports and Safety IPTs are seeking new team members willing to share their expertise in key areas:

The Airport IPT is particularly interested in experts in air cargo, fixed-based operators, metropolitan planning, noise and emissions, or public outreach.

The Safety IPT is seeking engineers with experience in key compliant safety programs in the aerospace industry, Safety Management Systems, and safety risk management.

To find out more about this opportunity to help build our nation's Next Generation Air Transportation System, go to the NGATS Institute web site.

Sec'y Mineta Highlights NextGen Progress at Aero Club

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Sec'y Mineta Speaks at the Aero Club.

"Seeing our plans take shape is exciting," Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta told the Aero Club of Washington on January 24th . Two years after announcing the Next Generation Air Transportation System, the Secretary reported on real progress.

"The architecture of the Next Generation system comes into clearer focus every day - a 21st Century system taking full advantage of the digital environment. We are raising our sights - from ground-based, to space-based navigation, communication, and surveillance," he told the group.

Click here to read the complete speech >

ATCA Focuses on NexGen

This month, the Air Traffic Control Association is dedicating the ATCA Journal of Air Traffic Control to the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Get a preview right here of what you'll see in the Journal this month:

The Next Generation System: It Delivers
From the moment the initiative was unveiled, the big question on everyone’s minds was, “Can the Next Generation System meet the demands of the future and the national goals identified in the Integrated Plan? According to authors Borener, Carr, Ballard and Hasan, the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” After rigorous analysis, the JPDO’s Analysis and Evaluation Office concluded that the NGATS can meet the projected 2x to 3x demand in the National Airspace System. So what comes next? “While initial analyses have focused on the impact of the NGATS concept on NAS capacity, the next steps will be to expand the evaluations to include quantification of the impact of NGATS on other critical aspects of NAS transformation such as safety, security and the environment,” the authors conclude.  

A Vision for the 2025 System: Critical Capabilities
In this article, the leaders of the eight JPDO Integrated Product Teams and the JPDO Chief Architect define the key capabilities of the Next Generation System that are currently missing from today’s system. They include: Network Enabled Information Access; Performance Based Services; Weather Assimilated into Decision Making; Broad- Area Precision Navigation; Aircraft Trajectory-Based Operations; Equivalent Visual Operations; and Super Density Operations. The authors concede that it is highly unlikely that the concept presented in the article will emerge “exactly” as the 2025 system. “Rather, this vision of the future allows us to define a target direction and continue to develop the scope ands depth of the elements of the future system.”  

First You Need a Plan: Creating a Blueprint for the NGATS
Even before the ink was dry on the VISION 100 legislation, it was clear that no single department or sole system acquisition could make the Next Generation System a reality. The undertaking was that vast and complex and would require planning and integration on an unprecedented scale. But don’t panic. Former NexGen Chief Architect Andy Anderegg writes that we can manage that risk by creating a high-level blueprint, or Enterprise Architecture (EA). “It will help decision-makers better understand the complexities of present and future structures and operations and allow us to successfully transition to the Next Generation System in a consistent, coordinated and integrated manner,” he writes. JPDO has already begun its EA planning and the next three years will focus on refining expectations and plans.

SESAR: Europe Steps Up to the Plate
When it comes to building a next generation air system, the United States has good company in Europe. Faced with its own challenges, such as a patchwork of services based on national boundaries, the European Union adopted in 2004 legislation that provides for an in-depth institutional reform of air traffic management. The multi-phase SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) modernization program will reduce fragmentation in Europe and synchronize and integrate plans and action. And how does SESAR fit in with the NGATS? Authors Ky and Miaillier argue that the two must be fully interoperable: “NGATS on one side, SESAR on the other, are similar initiatives and need to be coordinated in order to make sure that technology implementation is synchronized across the Atlantic Ocean.”   

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