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ALPA APPEARS BEFORE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT USE OF SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY IN AVIATION

 WASHINGTON, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A safety expert with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) appeared before the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation's Subcommittee on Aviation today to support the use of satellite technology to improve the aviation system in the United States.
 "Like many other members of the aviation community, we believe that satellite technology will provide significantly enhanced capabilities in communications, navigation and surveillance," said John O'Brien, director of ALPA's Engineering and Air Safety Department.
 O'Brien stated that even though the multiple uses and benefits associated with satellite technology have been adequately identified, implementation has not been achieved due to lack of adequate resources and goals.
 He recommends allowing the FAA to fund advisory committees, such as the Radio Technical Committee for Aeronautics, to develop standards for many communication and navigation systems; defining FAA and industry goals in the development of a plan for early implementation of satellite technology; and, committing resources for the development of criteria for certification and guidance material by the aviation industry.
 O'Brien said that current satellite technology has the capability to bring many benefits to commercial aviation with little additional research. The main roadblock now is getting the government and industry to agree on the details of the technical requirements and standards to adapt the satellite technology.
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 /NOTE: Copy of testimony available upon request./
 /CONTACT: John Mazor of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


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