The Transportation Department today issued its guidelines to manufacturers for NextGen implementation.
“Today's regulations set clear performance requirements for the electronics that will allow aircraft to be tracked with greater precision and accuracy. And by 2020, all aircraft flying over the United States will be broadcasting an ADS-B signal,” states an announcement on Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s departmental blog. “ADS-B will allow pilots to get the same information as air traffic controllers and see the same things on their screens. Pilots will know where aircraft are located and how close one plane is to another. They'll have a clearer picture of what’s happening in the air or on the ground--even in low visibility.”
Read the blog entry here.
Or check out the entire implementation plan in PDF form here.
The news comes quickly, albeit delayed, to begin the workweek / close out Monday:
Both Gulfstream and Cirrus Aircraft reported positive news in first-quarter earnings reports. Gulfstream CEO Jay Johnson said its 2010 revenues through March finished 15 percent higher than during the pervious quarter, which closed out 2009.
Meanwhile, Cirrus said via the General Aviation Manufacturers Association that it delivered 53 aircraft in the first quarter, a 36 percent boost from a year ago.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released more details about its “Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.” An initial meeting will take place May 25. Executives from Cessna, JetBlue, Goodrich Corporation and Boeing are among those appointed to the panel.
Finally, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) recently touted being named among the most efficient of the largest American airports. It comes as no surprise that part of the success is attributed to the generally fair weather experienced in the area.