This report provides an overview of the evolution of the Air Traffic Control System facilities in the pre-1990 time period as major system improvements currently being developed by the FAA are implemented. The description was prepared to assist FAA managers with the technical planning for future air traffic control system. The description covers eight major domestic ATC facility classifications: En Route, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), Tower, ATC System Command Center, Flight Service Stations, Surveillance, Navigation, and Communications. The report provides a summary description of each improvement currently being planned, describes the information flow between ATC facilities to support the improvement, and provides tentative implementation dates for each improvement. More detailed information on each facility class is given in Volume II. An overall ATC system configuraiton is given in this volume to show the relationship of these facilities to each other once the improvements are in place. Some of the major assumptions involved in developing this overall configuration are cited. A single thread description of an air carrier flight through high density airspace is also given to indicate the effect the planned improvements would have on Instrument Flight Rule operations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, AD-A068401.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mitre Corporation

    Metrek Division, 1820 Dolley Madison Boulveard
    McLean, VA  United States  22102

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems Engineering Management, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Keblawi, F S
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 134p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197563
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-EM-78-16-1 Final Rpt., MTR-7904-VOL-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA79WA-4184
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1980 12:00AM