DOT OIG Audit Initiated of FAA's Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast Program

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 21, 2007

Audit Initiated of FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast Program: Automatic Dependent Surveillance – “Broadcast (ADS-B) is a cornerstone technology planned for FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). This satellite-based technology has significant potential to improve safety and enhance capacity of the National Airspace System by, among other things, providing greater situational awareness to pilots. At the request of the Chairmen of the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee and the House Aviation Subcommittee, we will review FAA’s plans for implementing ADS-B. Our objectives are to (1) examine key risks to FAA’s successful implementation of ADS-B and (2) assess the strengths and weaknesses of FAA’s proposed contracting approach.”
Related government documents:

  • Federal Aviation Administration: NextGen Financing Reform Act of 2007 (Reauthorization)
  • Statement of Bruce Johnson, VP of Terminal Services, and Steven Zaidman, VP of Technical Operations, Federal Aviation Administration, before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviaton, on the FAA’s Aging ATC Facilities: Investigating the Need to Improve Facilities and Worker Conditions, pn July 24, 2007: “…the current air traffic system is built around 1960s radar technology [emphasis added] and is constrained by its limitations. At the time the system was built, each air traffic facility could receive signals from only one radar. That operational limitation required that we build more than 300 air traffic control facilities spread across the country. That number has grown to 526 terminal and en route air traffic control facilities across the country. Out of these, the FAA has responsibility for replacing and transitioning over 400 to NextGen…”
  • Previous post:

    Next post: