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Air traffic congestion
Article Type: News and views From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 2.
President Bush recently announced steps the Administration is taking to address air traffic congestion. He discussed the FAA Modernisation Act, proposed to Congress in February, as the “blueprint” to modernise the FAA. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has stated that it supports those measures of the act aimed at upgrading the technology that will enable the overhaul of the air transportation system.
AIAA president Paul Nielsen stated, “Continually increasing flight delays underscore the need to overhaul the national aerospace system. We stand behind the President's renewed call to modernise the technologies in our air transportation system, which is vital to our national economic security. With an expected doubling of air traffic by 2025, our nation needs to invest now to safely, efficiently, and effectively manage that increased capacity.”
Technology upgrades called for in the act include the use of Global Positioning Systems, cockpit data link systems that reduce voice communications and instead provide system data directly to the flight crew, and phased-in technology improvements such as the User Request Evaluation Tool that provides air traffic controllers additional lead time to foresee potential conflicts.