Free Flight project takes wing

Free Flight project takes wing

The Federal Aviation Administration late last month awarded a five-year, $329 million software development contract to Computer Sciences Corp. under the agency's Free Flight Program.

CSC will help upgrade the command and control system used by pilots and air traffic controllers. FAA wants a system that will let pilots plot their own routes and file the flight plans.

As part of the initiative, CSC will support several existing FAA controller systems as well as new systems being developed. Besides systems engineering and network design services, the company will also provide training and maintenance.

The contract has a three-year base period and two one-year options.

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