FAA awards contract for power protection to EDSA

The Federal Aviation Administration today awarded a contract valued at $8 million to EDSA Micro. The company will provide the FAA with an electrical power infrastructure protection system for its facilities throughout the nation.

The FAA wants to increase air safety by alleviating potential electrical power problems in its facilities, which are responsible for controlling the 17 million square miles of America's airspace, EDSA officials said. The agency will use EDSA's Paladin Live software to predict power problems in their early stages, while there is still time to perform repairs, avert an outage and prevent a disruption in flight operations or safety, the company said.

Paladin Live will be deployed in Air Route Traffic Control Centers and Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities. ARTCCs and TRACONs are responsible for air traffic between airports in a geographical area. One facility can serve as many as 60 airports and manage more than 500,000 square miles of airspace.

'The financial consequences of an outage somewhere in the FAA network ' not to mention the disruption of business and personal travel ' can be severe,' said Mark Ascolese, chairman and chief executive officer of EDSA. 'The direct and indirect financial toll can quickly reach millions of dollars in higher fuel expenses, lost landing revenue, increased employees costs and spoiled perishable cargo'not to mention the disruption of airline schedules, passengers' missed business meetings, canceled vacations and so on.'

More information: www.edsa.com/faa_press.php

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.


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