Republican representative critical of delays to installation of collision avoidance system.
US Republican John Mica, R-Fla, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, has criticised the government for delaying the implementation of systems that are designed to prevent runway collisions at the USA's busiest airports.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled plans in May 2001 to give 33 US airports a new system that uses existing radar systems to warn air traffic controllers about potential collisions. The new Airport Movement Area Safety System technology has been tested in San Francisco and Detroit and was due to be installed at other airports between July 2001 and November 2002.
The implementation dates have apparently been delayed however, with Mica stating that Atlanta and St Louis would not get their system until September (they were scheduled for July), while Los Angeles is pushed back from August to September and installation in Chicago has moved from September to October, according to The Associated Press.
Mica has written to FAA administrator Jane Garvey saying that he hopes there will be no other delays.
A spokesperson for the FAA has stated that the delays were caused by the need to adapt the system to each airport's unique systems and by longer-than-expected evaluation periods. The FAA has indicated that no further delays are expected.
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