This report describes 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 the future air traffic control system. The description covers eight major domestic ATC facility classifications: En Route 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. An overview of this material as well as an overall ATC system configuration description and a single threat Instrument Flight Rule operations flight description illustrating the effect of planned improvements is given in Volume I of this series of documents. Where open system configuration questions were encountered, an assumption about the final course of action was made and duly noted. These assumptions generally identify major questions involving two or more programs that the FAA will be addressing prior to reaching implementation decisions. Some smaller design modifications that might result in a smoother functioning system are also identified. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 1, AD-A068226.
  • 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:
    • Dodge, P O
    • Simpson, T R
    • Potter, W F
    • Beeker, G G
    • Guerber, H P
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 419 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-EM-78-16-2 Final Rpt., MTR-7904-VOL-2
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA79WA-4184
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1980 12:00AM