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US House Aviation Subcommittee Talks NGATS

FAA Administrator: NGATS is an "Aviation Revolution"

Sec'y Mineta Talks NexGen to World Travel & Tourism Leaders

Saving airlines over a billion dollars in costs over ten years, while gearing up for a threefold increase in the number of airline passengers over the next twenty, sounds difficult. Add to that list efforts to “attack congestion and delays” and the task starts to sound impossible. Yet that’s exactly what the FAA is doing. And just like the Romans building everlasting roads, the FAA is making the most of today’s technology to revolutionize the way you fly, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey told the National Chamber Foundation last month at “The Aviation Crisis: Delayed Not Cancelled.” The event examined the challenges facing the aviation industry. Administrator Blakey said that although "we're in the safest period in aviation history," there is the urgent need to create additional capacity in an industry that never sleeps. Without shutting down airports, the FAA is implementing strategies that would curb congestion and increase navigational capabilities.

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Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)

The use of Global Position Satellites (GPS) isn’t just for your car anymore. With Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), that same technology can bring the power of satellite signals back into the air, transforming the way you travel. By integrating GPS signals into aircraft, ADS-B allows aircraft to “see” their exact location in their cockpit displays, the locations of other aircraft, and the local weather. In this way, ADS-B increases safety as pilots and air traffic controllers are better able to avoid other aircraft and navigate through bad weather. Currently, air traffic controllers, and not the pilots themselves, rely on radar to track the location of aircraft and instruct the pilots. However, with radar, sometimes precipitation and birds in the air cause interference, appearing as extra clutter on screen.

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