FAA Base Case

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

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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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