Delays, problems plague transition to satellite-based air traffic control system

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 4:20 PM

WASHINGTON — After a decade of work and billions of dollars spent, the modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system is in trouble. The ambitious and complex technology program dubbed NextGen has encountered unforeseen difficulties at almost every turn.

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texas_technomanOct. 31, 13 4:34 AM

Another corporate welfare program...so far the only ones benefitting are Booz Allen, Lockheed Martin, and whoever else is working on this project. The current system is old; but to approach replacement using the "big band theory" is a bad idea. Tackle it in bit size chunks...and if there is no idea about completion date or total cost, it's time to stop and take another look.

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jimspensleyOct. 31, 1311:31 AM

This story, like too many stories, starts in the middle and heads toward several endings, not the most likely one: diminishing expectations. The industry and the FAA started out to use "satellite surveillance" to increase the number of flights at the same hour. Now the goal is precision runway-to-runway automation, limited by disagreements about both the overall cost and the portion of the cost paid by the airlines for airplane systems. Every new technology wrinkle and pie-in-the-sky safety gimmick is now considered possible and worth waiting for. The original, limited to en route ATC at cruising altitudes, had security issues -- see the Union of Concerned Scientitsts paper written 5 years ago.

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