FAA, Lockheed Martin begin talks on ATC modernization

FAA, Lockheed Martin begin talks on ATC modernization

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

MAY 25'The Federal Aviation Administration is negotiating with Lockheed Martin Corp. to replace traffic management systems at three air route traffic control centers.

The agency will award the Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures contract to Lockheed Martin next month after final negotiations, an FAA spokeswoman said. The value of the firm, fixed-price ATOP contract will be released then, she said.

Under the contract, oceanic control systems will be replaced at Anchorage, Alaska; New York; and Oakland, Calif., to handle traffic in international air space over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Oceanic flight control differs from domestic control because there is no radar tracking and no direct radio communication.

The replacement system will collect, manage and display traffic data on computer monitors used by air traffic controllers. It will also integrate radar information.

Benefits include fuel savings for airlines, better on-time performance and more flights over travelers' preferred routes, the FAA said.

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