Air traffic control milestone met
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jun 02, 2000
The Federal Aviation Administration has reached the first milestone in its
initiative to reduce air traffic delays this summer with the implementation
of a tool designed to more evenly space aircraft taking off from airports
in the Northeast.
The Departure Spacing Program uses air traffic information from airports
equipped with the system as well as information from filed flight plans
and coordinates departures by spacing aircraft more evenly. The DSP, developed
by Computer Sciences Corp., expedites the flow of air traffic while minimizing
delays, according to the FAA.
Controllers have been using the tool at the LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark
and Philadelphia airport towers and in radar control facilities in the New
York area since April. President Clinton announced the Spring 2000 Initiative
in March to reduce delays during the busiest travel season.
The FAA and the National Weather Service also introduced new collaborative
tools for coordinating severe weather reports and updating them throughout
Using DSP, controllers can coordinate the rerouting of aircraft to avoid
severe weather and reduce the need for voice communication between air traffic
control facilities by providing flight plan information and reports, the
Future plans for DSP involve expanding it to allow the FAA Air Traffic
Control System Command Center in Herndon, Va., to facilitate the flow of
traffic into and out of all of the northeastern U.S. airports and enhancing
the software to provide historical trend analysis.