There is a need for a realistic contingency plan, and the FAA acknowledged that it still has work to do, but without more explanation, it is a BIG STRETCH to claim that this deficiency proves that privatization is needed.
Europe’s multi-country enterprise seeks to solve technical challenges similar to the FAA’s NextGen task. Perhaps, the US Congress will learn how “balkanization” is hurting Europe and refrain from introducing bills which favor local over national interests.
A Purdue study estimates NextGen will reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of removing 300,000 cars annually. However, the noise impact of more precise flight patterns may force Congress to reconsider funding.
May everyone travel as safe as Santa during the holidays!
In 2015, we predicted what would happen in the aviation industry during 2016… Were we correct? We’d give ourselves an acceptable A-.
With 54 of 56 planned airports now equipped with Data Comms capabilities, the FAA is close to its goal of having the rollout completed by the end of 2016. The Data Comms capabilities allow towers to send text messages to flight crews, which can cut through the sometimes dense voice radio communications between the two.
All 17 aviation safety predictions are certain to happen in 2017. Return tomorrow to see the scorecard for the JDA Journal 2016 Prognoses.
FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive proposing to terminate the use and installation of ADS-B transceivers manufactured by NavWorx, which will remove one of the low-cost options in FAA’s critical NextGen implementation schedule. Unfortunately, NavWorx is resisting to cooperate to establish airworthiness.