Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), is also part of the
solution, and "the ADS-B contract award to ITT put in place the commitment to
acquire ground infrastructure."
She said the airlines are going to have to embrace the change involved.
"Regrettably, ours is a world in which we wait for the other guy to step up, and
then maybe we will, too. We need to stop the phenomenon in aviation of running
to the back of the line. Let's see a push to be among the first to
equip...Aviation can no longer afford for the full-performance fleet to be the
In a recurring theme, Blakey said the U.S. Congress needs to accept a new
paradigm. "Not only is the technology in place to reduce the number of air
traffic control facilities, but it offers major benefits in service and safety.
Bottom line: the taxpayer shouldn't be expected to pay for a scenario that
outdated technology once made mandatory.
"Failure to move forward on the (FAA) reauthorization is a tacit
acceptance of gridlock. Except this time, when the modernization programs lag
behind, we'll all know that it wasn't mismanagement by the FAA that allowed it
"And status quo legislation for a few years is much more risky than
taking on the tough financing questions now and addressing the heart of the
problem -- the need for a stable, cost-based funding stream that allows for
adequate, dependable investment" Blackey stated.
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Several of Logan's recent near-collisions occurred when pilots crossed onto active runways, despite warnings from air traffic controllers and radio reminders.