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FAA Base Case

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 2002-04-08 Print this article Print

Its tortuous route to modernizing air traffic control systems has cost the Federal Aviation Administration billions. Has the agency finally learned its lessons?

Federal Aviation Administration Base Case

Headquarters: 800 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20591

Phone: (202) 366-4000

Business: U.S. Federal agency overseeing civil aviation, including air traffic control and airports

Top Technology Executives: Steve Zaidman, Associate Administrator for Research and Acquisitions; Dan Mehan, Chief Information Officer

Financials: $14.2 billion (FY 2002 budget)

Challenge: Modernize air traffic control despite lengthy inability to upgrade systems effectively

Baseline Goals:

  • Deploy new terminal area control system without exceeding revised $1.4 billion budget
  • Reduce airplane delays from 253 per 100,000 departures, to no more than 171
  • Cut the number of fatalities from 3.7 in every 10 million departures, to no more than 1
  • Reduce the errors controllers make to no more than 5 in every 1 million maneuvers they manage, from 7.3

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    Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

    Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
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