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FAA COMPUTER TO PROVIDE KEY DATA TO AIRLINES

 FAA COMPUTER TO PROVIDE KEY DATA TO AIRLINES
 WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation


Administration (FAA) will provide the airlines with radar information that will result in more efficient use of air space and ground facilities, Deputy Secretary of Transportation James B. Busey announced today at the National Technology Initiative Conference in Austin, Texas.
 Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the FAA and the Air Transport Association (ATA), the radar data will come from the FAA's aircraft situation display (ASD), a sophisticated computer capable of displaying data on each commercial aircraft in flight over the United States. Originally developed by the FAA for its own use, the technology is now being made available to the private sector.
 This arrangement, between FAA and ATA, exemplifies the type of partnership which the administration's National Technology Initiative believes will help improve the competitiveness of U.S. companies in the global market, leading to more American jobs and greater economic growth.
 The aircraft situation display is used by the Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Washington to manage the flow of en route aircraft. ASD is fully operational at FAA's 20 en route control centers, three major terminal facilities and the Anchorage, Alaska, control center.
 Aircraft position data displayed on the ASD can be filtered to show all en route aircraft destined for one airport or all en route aircraft operated by a single airline. Information is also available regarding the current position and flight plan for individual aircraft within the system.
 The FAA is making the data available to the ATA which will then provide it to the airlines. The airlines will feed it into their own video displays.
 The data will enable the airlines to exercise better spacing of their aircraft, resulting in more efficient use of gate space.
 The FAA, in turn, expects to get more updated scheduling information from the airlines which it can use to more efficiently manage the flow of air traffic.
 The airlines expect to have their own ASD equipment in operation by mid-1992.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Farrar of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/ CO: Federal Aviation Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR CPR SU:


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