LOCKHEED MARTIN AND NATCA BOTH SAY THAT ERAM IS NOW ON SCHEDULE—GREAT NEWS FOR NEXTGEN AND AVIATION SAFETY

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ARTICLE:  En Route Automation Program Is On Target, Says Director

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The IG has been a frequent critic of the FAA’s management of NextGen in general and ERAM specifically . It is GREAT news to hear from Lockheed Martin’s Director of En route Automation Modernization, who said the ERAM’s deployment throughout the ATC system is on schedule and on budget since the FAA recently recalculated or “rebaselined,” its cost and schedule. The current projected hard deadline is August 2014 for implementation at all ARTCCs.

As encouraging as this statement by the contractor’s chief person responsible for ERAM is, the response added to the AIN Online page by NATCA’s Doug Church goes on to say the following:

NATCA Proud of its Collaborative Involvement with ERAM

Safety is NATCA’s top priority and we are proud of our collaborative involvement with ERAM, a program that has turned the corner and is now an example of success. Before we became involved, ERAM was over-budget and plagued with problems. But the current administration wisely recognized that real stakeholder involvement was an element essential to ensuring effective air traffic control modernization. The hard work and commitment of NATCA members has helped ERAM get up and running continuously in six facilities. We are optimistic that the goal of full implementation by 2014 will be met.

NextGen will rely on ERAM to operate effectively. That’s just one reason why we are committed to ERAM’s success. We will continue assisting in developing, testing, training and implementing the new equipment and related procedures. We’re very proud to see this progress.

The union has not always been as complimentary of this program—this is good news indeed.

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