FAA says airlines must share strains of soaring air travel
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Mar 06, 2000
Based on predictions of continued economic prosperity, the Federal Aviation
Administration forecasts a steady climb in commercial air travel over the
next 12 years and an accompanying strain on air traffic control services.
Increased air travel places more work on air traffic controllers at
FAA and contract towers, en route air traffic control centers and flight
"[Upgrades] will help meet the growth. [But] air traffic control alone
is not the problem," said John Rodgers, director of the FAA's Office of
Aviation Policy and Plans.
Airlines will have to add more aircraft or change their operations so
that congested hubs do not play as big a role in their expansions, Rodgers
said yesterday during a press briefing announcing the FAA's aerospace forecasts
for fiscal 2000 to fiscal 2011.
The FAA expects tower operations to increase 28 percent, instrument
operations to increase 31 percent and air route traffic control center activity
to increase 33 percent by 2011.
Planned automation and other improvements of the FAA-operated air traffic
control system include:
* Replacement of controller displays.
* Transition from voice communications between pilots and controllers
to data links.
* Development of Global Positioning System satellite technology.
* Development of other systems that automate much of the data gathering
and transmissions between pilots and controllers or flight service specialists.