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Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Figure 1: An Illustration of Key Components and Users of the United States’ National Air Space

In 2014, GAO found (1) that many aviation stakeholders saw challenges with aspects of the current U.S. system including funding instability and slow progress implementing capital improvements and (2) that most stakeholders agreed that separating ATC operations from FAA was an option. GAO was asked to explore issues that would be associated with such a change…This report addresses (1) views of selected experts, aviation stakeholders, and the FAA on key transition issues and (2) lessons that can be learned from the transition experiences of selected countries.

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Next Generation Air Transport: Improved Risk Analysis Could Bring Success

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Figure 1: Flight Profile in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Environment Envisioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Aviation industry stakeholders GAO interviewed described various factors that may affect the interoperability of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)—a complex, long-term initiative to modernize the U.S. air-traffic management (ATM) system—with other countries’ ATM modernization efforts. Interoperability allows different ATM systems and procedures to accept and use each other’s information and services for technical or operational purposes…GAO recommends that FAA conduct a comprehensive assessment of risks to NextGen’s global interoperability and identify how this information will be used to mitigate risks and prioritize resources. In responding to a draft of the report, FAA agreed with the recommendations and discussed some of its ongoing risk assessment activities.

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Airport Cooperative Research Program: Annual Report of Progress

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Figure 1: 2014 ACRP Research Panel Participants by State

The shift in the airport industry—from predictable traffic and passenger levels to economic instability, capacity constraints, and congestion—has required airport practitioners to respond with creative problem solving. ACRP has been offering practical, hands-on software guidance, modeling tools, sample planning documents, best practices, worksheets, checklists, and more since 2006.

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Texas: NextGen Flight Planning Eases Air Congestion

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Learn how NextGen is making air travel more efficient in the North Texas area.

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Habitat Management to Deter Wildlife at Airports

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Landscaping—Structure: Port of Portland (PDX)

Efficient and effective wildlife management is a challenging endeavor in any environment, but the safety concerns and human activities at airports add complexities to any management plan. Many species of wildlife in airport environments are potentially hazardous to aircraft operation safety; those most hazardous at a particular airport will depend on the specific location and array of attractants, such as water and certain vegetation, whether naturally occurring or not, on and around airport grounds.

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Understanding Flight Delays

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Figures 1 and 2. Number of Scheduled Flight Operations and Percent of Flight Delays Impacted by Poor Weather, 2004 Through 2012

New infrastructure has helped reduce flight delays at many of the Nation’s busiest airports. Since 2000, 20 major airports previously designated by FAA as most critical to improving the capacity and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS) have completed substantial runway or taxiway projects that have served to increase capacity or improve traffic flows.

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Aviation History: “Kites to Capsules” 1969 Federal Aviation Administration

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

more at History of aviation in film clips set to music. FAA film FA-905 Public domain film from the FAA, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though […]

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Technical Documentation Challenges in Aviation Maintenance

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION Section 1.0: Workshop Proceedings 1.1 Background on Technical documentation Issues “The technicians failed to follow the written procedures …” This statement is often found in descriptions of minor maintenance errors in National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports of major aircraft accidents. Written procedures refer to a variety of manufacturer publications, specific company […]

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General Aviation Airports: A National Asset

Monday, May 21st, 2012


Did you know that tens of thousands of general aviation aircraft, including corporate jets, medical evacuation helicopters, and airplanes owned by individuals for business and personal use are flown in the United States? In fact, three out of every four takeoffs and landings at U.S. airports are conducted by general aviation aircraft, and most of these flights occur at general aviation airports.

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NextGen: Aliging Costs, Beneftis, and Political Leadership

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The aviation system that is part of the life-blood of our economy is poised to face rising demand with limited additional capacity and outdated technology. This could put considerable stress on the system in terms of congestion and efficiency. The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) represents a series of incremental policies, procedures, and technological changes to modernize the air traffic control (ATC) system into a more efficient, state-of-the-art satellite-based system.

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