Vendors stick with air traffic control system
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- May 31, 2000
The vendor teams of ARINC Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. will continue to
the next level of competition for an automated oceanic air traffic control
system, the Federal Aviation Administration announced today.
ARINC and Lockheed will demonstrate their abilities to meet requirements
set out in the second formal phase of the FAA's Advanced Technologies and
Oceanic Procedures acquisition, which will start when a screening information
request is released in June.
ATOP asks for a system that is already developed to replace the current
oceanic systems with an integrated, modernized solution for controlling
air traffic as it crosses oceans.
The current system uses a system of paper strips that controllers use
to track the progress of aircraft through oceanic airspace.
A final award to a single vendor team is expected in late 2000 or early
Diversified International Sciences Corp. also competed in the first
round of demonstrations and evaluations.
Lockheed is partnered with Airways New Zealand and Adacel Technologies
Ltd., supplier of Datapath Oceanic Air Traffic Management System. ARINC's
teammates are Air Services Australia and Harris Corp.