FAA outlines air traffic modernization plan

FAA outlines air traffic modernization plan

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JUNE 7—The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday announced a 10-year, $11.5 billion air traffic control modernization plan that calls for increasing commercial flights by 30 percent, reducing delays and giving pilots more freedom to choose their flight paths.

FAA's National Airspace System Operational Evolution Plan will cover four problem areas: airplane arrival and departure rates, en route congestion, and severe weather at airports and en route, acting deputy administrator Monte R. Belger said.

'Safety was the No. 1 thought when we were working on the plan,' he said. 'Accommodating growth in aviation and increasing performance of the air traffic system were the other factors.'

He said FAA is seeking the cooperation of airlines, airports, the Defense Department and NASA. FAA also will discuss the modernization with Boeing Co., which has a plan of its own, and with other industry leaders.


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