Tue, May 23, 2006
Says More Work Needs To Be Done On System
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey is
on the lecture circuit... and in addition to
making her case for why the agency broke off
negotiations with air traffic controllers, she is also stumping for
Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B)... even though
it appears the technology is in serious trouble in Alaska.
Blakey told an audience Friday at the Cleveland (OH) City Club
that ADS-B is still in the developmental stages... but that it
remains under serious consideration as a way to make the skies
safer to travel in... and cheaper for the FAA to monitor.
As Aero-News has reported extensively,
however, ADS-B has been pulled off the glass at the air traffic
control center in Anchorage, where the technology was undergoing
its most thorough test to date.
The reason? Although the FAA won't say... controllers have told
ANN no standards have been officially adopted for separating ADS-B
and non-ADS-B traffic in places like Bethel, where the
satellite-based system has become vital.
Controllers also say they won't support the expansion of
Alaska's Capstone Project until the FAA addresses those issues.
The Cleveland Plains-Dealer reports Blakey told the City Club
the agency needs to bring costs under control before it can start
to develop ADS-B -- tying the issue into the ongoing impasse
between her agency and air traffic controllers.
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