Creating the automated ATC system — while accommodating the vicissitudes of everyday operations — will be a tough technological challenge, but the FAA and Eurocontrol believe it’s the keystone of 21st century air traffic management.
“If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t call it research, would we?” — Albert Einstein Vicki Cox, senior vice president and supervisor of the FAA’s NextGen program, likes to cite the iconic physicist’s famous quote when discussing the challenges implicit in bringing her agency’s ambitious ATC automation plan to reality. Of course the FAA and its European counterparts, EASA and Eurocontrol, think they do know what they’re doing, in terms of mapping how air traffic management ...
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