Goal Is To Accelerate Bermuda Airspace Modernization And Optimization, Implementation Of Performance Based Navigation Procedures
Bermuda depends on aviation to fuel its economy; bringing passengers to the island contributes to tourism. The Department of Aviation obviously “did the math” and must have concluded that investing in the efficiency of its air traffic control system would benefit that business. So it has contracted with Boeing’s Digital Aviation, a business unit of Commercial Aviation Services to study and upgrade its system.
In particular, it is likely that Performance Based Navigation will improve the ATC’s throughput. Neil Planzer, vice-president, Airspace Solutions for Boeing summarized his assignment as follows:
“Modernizing Bermuda’s air traffic management system will enable airlines and other operators to realize the full potential of their modern aircraft and will enhance operational safety and improve bottom line efficiencies.”
The FAA is in the process of implementing PBN procedures across the country, but its progress is not as robust as some would like. Perhaps the FAA should allow local airports to pay for needed improvements to accommodate the new procedures? The investment calculations by those cities might result in the same decision which Bermuda reached.Share this article: