$34 Million Needed For Safety Program
FAA officials have asked the State
of Alaska to assist in equipping 4,000 commercial and private
aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast
(ADS-B) avionics over the next five years.
The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports Governor Sarah Palin
recently received a letter from Hank Krawkowski, Chief Operating
Officer for the Air Traffic Organization, saying the Capstone
Statewide Agreement Implementation Committee needs to raise $34
million under a memorandum of agreement for the state to receive
$493 million in services from the FAA.
The committee is made up of representative industry leaders from
the Alaska Air Carriers Association, Frontier Flying Service,
Peninsula Airways, the Alaska Airmen’s Association, the
Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board, the Alaskan Aviation
Safety Foundation, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Each signed a memorandum of agreement in July to assist in
providing funding for the program.
Committee representatives are expected to approach legislators
during the 2008 session with a funding request for $34 million, as
well as present a business plan on how the program will be
The state must commit to the $34 million investment to receive
the $493 million in federal funding to start the five-year
Once funding is obtained, the program would require each
aircraft owner to pay $2,500 per aircraft for the equipment. Total
cost for hardware and installation is expected to be $14,000 to
$18,000 per aircraft, with the program paying the difference.
ADS-B is a surveillance system that uses satellite technology,
aircraft avionics and a flexible ground infrastructure to transmit
flight information between aircraft and air traffic control more
quickly and accurately than radar.
ADS-B equipment will display other aircraft and terrain on a
cockpit screen, and will be used nationwide by 2020 to monitor
aircraft traffic in the nation’s airspace as part of the
FAA’s NextGen system.
According to Vincent Cappezutto, head of the Broadcast and
Surveillance Program, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be
available to accept public comment through March regarding Alaska
airspace use with ADS-B equipment.