Editor's Log

November 2007 Issue

Sliced Bread?

Beginning on page 12, Frank Bowlin tackles the question, "Can ADS-B Work?" We all should hope the answer is a resounding "yes." The FAA is busy firewalling its throttle and pushing its nose down, intending to get us there by 2020. In October, the agency released the first of several proposed rules on ADS-B, on complying airborne equipment. Iím a confessed ADS-B skeptic. Put bluntly, I have zero confidence in the FAAís ability to manage a multi-year project of this scope. Iím also not sanguine about doing away with much of the ground-based surveillance radar network as the agency proposes, and donít believe all the airspace efficiency claims being made. (The vast majority of congestion problems donít involve airspace; they involve available runways and airline scheduling.)

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