Avionics allowing airplane pilots to see in real-time their position and the location of other airplanes may not be ready by 2020, says the Transportation Department office of inspector general in a Sept. 17 letter. ADS-B In technical requirements "are not mature and continue to evolve," auditors say. "As a result, it is uncertain when the advanced capabilities of ADS-B can be implemented and at what cost," they add.
A $2.4 billion software program critical to air traffic modernization efforts at the Federal Aviation Administration will likely run out of capital expenditure funding before it's complete even as program managers limit its scope by reclassifying some requirements as "enhancements," says the Transportation Department office of inspector general.
Enactment of House Appropriations Committee-approved levels of fiscal 2014 funding for the Federal Aviation Administration would likely require suspension of air traffic control modernization projects not close to completion, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a July 17 House panel.
A Federal Aviation Administration effort to modernize air traffic control systems at terminal radar approach control facilities faces significant risks, says Transportation Department auditors. Analysis conducted by the FAA concluded that STARS must be upgraded to incorporate at least 94 functions that CARTS accumulated over the years in order for the new system not to be a downgrade.
The Federal Aviation Administration has made minimal progress in developing metrics to measure progress in implementing the NextGen air traffic control modernization effort, which airlines need in order to develop cost-benefit analyses before investing in NextGen-enabling avionics, according to an April 8 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
The fiscal 2014 budget request the Obama administration sent to Congress April 10 includes a nearly 4 percent increase to funding for the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic modernization effort known as NextGen.
The threat of command and control link jamming, GPS navigation signal spoofing, and system hacking is a real concern that will have to be addressed before any UAS integration into domestic airspace, said Rep. Paul Brown (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee subcommittee on oversight, during a Feb. 15 hearing.
The $2.4 billion En Route Automation Modernization air traffic control modernization software project has continued to experience critical system failures--so much so that the Federal Aviation Administration has made moves to extend the life of a backup system originally meant for only temporary deployment.
In retrospect, the Federal Aviation Administration should have handled the development of En Route Automation Modernization software differently, John Porcari, Transportation deputy secretary, told a Sept. 12 House panel. "In hindsight, we would have brought in our workforce from day one to help us develop it," he told the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation.
Flight operations centers need greater involvement in the Federal Aviation Administration modernization effort known as NextGen if the effort is to be a true transformation of the national airspace system, says a report commissioned by the NextGen Joint Planning and Development Office. The report notes that a reduction in flight delays doesn't necessarily mean a reduction in passenger delays.