ITT Exelis Forms
Leadership Team To Build FAA’s NextGen Communications System
By Eddy Metcalf
January 10, 2012 - ITT Exelis has announced its pursuit
team for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s
(FAA) Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS)
contract. DCIS is the second major step in building
NextGen, the FAA’s comprehensive, long-term plan to
modernize today’s radar-based air traffic control system
with satellite-based surveillance and navigation and new
ground technologies. It will allow planes to fly safer,
more efficient routes and ease congestion in major
metropolitan areas nationwide.
collaboration with Airbus, United Airlines, JetBlue
Airways, CSC, Rockwell Collins, Raytheon, and several
other major aerospace companies, ITT Exelis has
assembled a unique industry partnership to support the
FAA’s modernization of the nation’s air traffic control
system. The ITT Exelis DCIS team will provide a low-risk
system solution to enable efficient, real-time, digital
communication of critical information among air traffic
controllers and flight crews.
Exelis DCIS team will put airlines, manufacturers and systems
developers in the same room with the FAA from day one through
DCIS deployment,” said David Melcher, chief executive officer
and president of ITT Exelis. “The outstanding pursuit team we
have assembled has ensured all data communications system
aspects – ground infrastructure, avionics, aircraft original
equipment manufacturer (OEM) implications and airline priorities
are fully considered in the system solution proposed by ITT
Exelis,” Melcher added.
enable real-time communication among controllers and flight
crews through modern digital data transmissions instead of
outdated analog voice technology. Digitalization will allow
controllers to transmit instructions to planes simultaneously
rather than in succession, streamlining the flight process and
creating shorter flight times. This greater capacity will
improve the management and flow of aircraft and help reduce
travel delays for passengers and airlines.
implemented, the FAA’s NextGen program could provide the U.S.
economy more than $29 billion a year in net benefits through
fuel, carbon emission and delay savings. The most recent
estimate predicts a 35 percent reduction in flight delays and
savings of approximately 1.4 billion gallons of aviation fuel by
ITT Exelis is already leading the first step in building NextGen for the FAA by installing and operating the ground infrastructure for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, the backbone of NextGen. By 2013, ITT Exelis will have installed nearly 800 ADS-B stations nationwide. The company has met every performance milestone and kept the ADS-B project on schedule and within budget.
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