This Week’s Cover

Here’s this week’s cover of Flight International, featuring our special report on the US NextGen air traffic management system. Links to the cover articles are below.


Main Features

Big changes are taking place in the management of the USA’s national airspace system. The country’s NextGen initiative is designed to make air traffic control more efficient, safer, and environmentally friendly, from the ramp all the way to final touchdown. We report on how the Federal Aviation Administration is engineering such a revolutionary procedure and look closely at the technologies being used in the process and the benefits they will bring to airlines, airports and passengers.

FAA’s new NextGen vector: blue sky thinking; blue collar action

The US Federal Aviation Administration has adopted a pragmatic approachto the future of its national airspace system, based on a desiredmid-term outcome that makes the best of technologies already availableand gives industry a leading role in showing the way forward, largelythrough a wide array of demonstration programmes…

New York Kennedy airport trial provides glimpse into the future of airport ground operations

Two pairs of binoculars still sit on the window sill at the JapanAirlines flight operations office overlooking New York Kennedy airportTerminal 1. But Joseph Gutierrez, who began his career at JAL 22 yearsago as a dispatcher and is now JAL’s director of flight operations atKennedy, does not need his binoculars any more. In early May JAL became one of three carriers at the airport to begin testing Sensis Aerobahn, a real-time surface position tool…

ITT’s NextGen backbone prepares for lifting

Two years after signing a contract to create the surveillancebackbone for the next generation air transport system (NextGen), the USFederal Aviation Administration is about to reap early benefits fromits $1.8 billion baby. In test programmes about to get under way in at least fourlocations, avionics makers, aircraft operators and airlines along withthe FAA are set to begin experimenting with critical features of thefirst online network of automatic dependent surveillance

Why ADS-B?

From the US Federal Aviation Administration’s perspective, automaticdependent surveillance – broadcast is meant to reduce dependence onground-based secondary surveillance radar systems by collectingGPS-derived position reports from ADS-B equipped aircraft at groundstations and sending the information (ADS-B “out”), to air trafficcontrol facilities to be used for air traffic management….

Ground alert

The US Federal Aviation Administration’s funding of new automaticdependent surveillance – broadcast tests in the autumn moves managementof aircraft in the airport surface environment beyond simple visualawareness to actual alerts of potential runway conflicts. This couldcreate a step change in the approach pilots take to managing airportsurface conflict detection….

GE’s optimal approach

GE Aviation believes tests it hasalready conducted with SAS in Stockholm in optimal trajectory descentmanagement are easily adaptable to carriers that now use its flightmanagement system…

Additional Cover Articles

F-22 stealth coatings face legal scrutiny

A pending lawsuit by a Lockheed Martin-trained stealth expert may provide new perspective on concerns about the F-22′s low observable, or stealth, systems…

Boeing makes move for Vought’s 787 plant

Boeing is poised to take control of a key portion of its 787 supply chain through the acquisition of the Vought Aircraft Industries business in Charleston, South Carolina.

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