Tech Briefs

March 8, 2001


NAV CANADA reports growth in 2000, further reductions in customer service charges

March 2001

First quarter financial results for the period ending November 2000, show continued growth in air traffic and the extension of the reduction in customer service charges, reports NAV CANADA, charged with reforming the Canadian air traffic control system.
NAV CANADA is a private, non-share capital corporation with operations across Canada, providing ATC, flight information, weather briefings, airport advisory services, and electronic aids to navigation.
First quarter revenues jumped $7 million to $230 million (Canadian), derived primarily from customer service charges. Total operating expenses grew $5 to $176 million.
NAV CANADA is mandated to collect only revenues required to cover the costs of delivering air navigation services, and maintains a rate stabilization fund to mitigate the effect on customer service charges from unexpected fluctuations in volume, it reports.

FlightSafety, Centra make training more accessible
Centra, a leading provider of software infrastructure services, announ-ces it has entered into an agreement with FlightSafety International to aid the aviation training firm in enhancing curriculum accessibility.
Centra specializes in helping companies standardize their delivery of e-learning systems. According to the company, "Using Centra to deliver effective training over the Internet means that FlightSafety is able to connect pilots with aviation experts for training classes, regardless of their location ... from a hotel room, at night in their home, or wherever their flight schedule lands them."
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iTRACS allows airports to monitor telecommunications
iTRACS Corporation of Tempe, AZ, introduces iTRACS for monitoring and controlling tenant and other access to telecommunications rooms, data centers, and wiring closets. Product allows for automatic monitoring of port connectivity at data centers and wiring closets in real time. Retrofits to any existing hardware using external sensors. Contact (480) 557-8000 or

NASA’s FutureFlight Central takes on LAX incursions
FutureFlight Central, NASA’s full-scale, three dimensional simulated airport control tower based at Moffett Field south of San Francisco, is taking on runway incursions at Los Angeles International Airport.
FutureFlight Central, in collaboration with Adacel Technologies, has created a high fidelity visual model of LAX. It will simulate a full LAX operation, focusing on two south-side runways. The goal is to accurately simulate LAX conditions and then to review ATC procedures and tower-to-aircraft communications.
In 1999, LAX experienced 16 runway incursions out of 779,000 takeoffs and landings.