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Decongesting the passageways

When it comes to software development, there may be no harder field to work in than aviation. These applications must must help pilots and traffic controllers make complex decisions fast, and without error.

In a recent article, Network World reported that the Federal Aviation Administration issued new software that rearranges flight schedules after a storm hits one part of the country. The software, called Adaptive Compression, can determine which flights will not arrive due to the inclimate weather, and reschedule other flights into those time slots. The idea is to reduce the bottlenecks that occur when bad weather hits. The FAA introduced the software in March.

Also during that windiest of months, U.K. air navigation service provider Nats introduced software called iFACTS (which stands for Interim Future Area Control Tools Support) that allows air traffic controllers to check for potential schedule conflicts up to 18 minutes beforehand. The software projects the trajectory of each aircraft, which is updated whenever the craft communicates with the control tower. It should help air traffic controllers keep better track of more craft, according to the company.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Jun 04, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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