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Testing Of New ATC By UPS

Thu Mar 01, 2001 10:48 pm

The Digital Sky
By David Talbot

March 2001

Tired of flights that are two hours late? The FAA and cargo airlines are beginning to test new GPS-based systems and digital datalinks that could help avert gridlock in the sky. But—surprise!—general implementation will likely be delayed.

Every night between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., nearly windowless jets with distinctive brown tails converge on Louisville, KY. One by one, about 90 aircraft in the United Parcel Service fleet land at the company's distribution hub flanking the Louisville airport, disgorge some 600,000 parcels, reload and hit the sky again. The system is remarkably efficient, and it has helped to keep UPS aloft as the nation's ninth largest airline.

But with the parcel delivery business expanding and the midnight skies over Louisville growing crowded, UPS is turning to new technology to compress arrivals and departures. In a radical experiment that may provide a glimpse into the future of air traffic control, UPS is embracing new satellite-based systems, hoping to wean itself off conventional radar-based technologies. Using the new digital tools, pilots would glance at cockpit displays showing their precise position, the positions of other UPS planes and a map of the airport and its runways—a display enabled by a combination of satellite positioning technology and digital datalinks between aircraft. Air traffic controllers would still run the show, but pilots would gain a tool to maintain more precise spacing on takeoff and landing.

If the UPS experiment works, says Dave Ford, a top Federal Aviation Administration official involved with the cargo airline's initiative, it could provide a model for enhancing safety and efficiency in the nation's overall air traffic control system. "One goal is to reduce runway incursions and accidents. We think this technology could help us in those areas. And we think there is a big link to efficiency," he says....

See the entire article here: http://www.technologyreview.com/magazine/mar01/talbot.asp

 
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RE: Testing Of New ATC By UPS

Thu Mar 01, 2001 11:02 pm

So UPS is interseted in Capstone?

For more information about it Click Here


There are some things that I don't like about the system though but I will hold on to my rants about destroying the bush pilot for later.

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