FAA awards $140m deal to support TMA rollout
- By Mary Mosquera
- Mar 02, 2004
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Computer Sciences Corp. a $140 million task order to continue to support the rollout of the Traffic Management Advisory Tool. The task order includes options to upgrade TMA hardware, deploy TMA to additional sites and customize software to meet the requirements of individual sites.
The contract is valued at about $140 million over seven years if the FAA exercises all options. The task order was awarded under the FAA's Center TRACON Automation System-Free Flight Software and Adaptation Development contract. TMA is a component of the FAA's Free Flight program and the administration's plan to increase the capacity of the nation's airspace.
The application enables en route air traffic controllers and traffic management specialists to develop complete arrival-scheduling plans. These plans help maximize an airport's use of its available capacity by making early runway assignments for arriving aircraft and spacing aircraft so that they reach the airport at appropriate intervals.
TMA has been installed at several major airports across the nation already. Assessments by the FAA have indicated that use of TMA at key centers has increased arrival rates at those airports by as much as 5 percent.
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.