Magical Mystical NextGen and ADS-B

FAA air traffic controllers been seeing all sorts of videos at work about the FAA’s much touted NextGen air traffic system and ADS-B, apparently to get air traffic controllers excited about the new technology.

We’re beginning our training for ERAM, which is a computer system replacement that will have the capability to use all the whiz-bang features of NextGen, should they ever come to fruition.  The schedule for ERAM however has already slipped due to development delays.

I finally starting looking into the details of ADS-B, a cornerstone of NextGen.  ADS-B is designed to replace radar.  Radar is the primary system air traffic controllers use to determine aircraft position (and keep the aircraft separated by the required distances).…

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