September 30, 2008

Air Transport Association Comments on Release of FAA Advisory Rulemaking Committee Report on Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B)


Contact: Elizabeth Merida, +1-202-626-4025, or Victoria Day, +1- 202-626-4141, both of the Air Transport Association

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today commented on the completion of the report by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast


ADS-B is a critical component of NextGen and is strongly supported by ATA and its member airlines. FAA drafted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which generated extensive comments and was not warmly received because it lacked industry input prior to its publication. To coordinate that input, the FAA subsequently established the ARC. This team of industry experts spent the last nine months evaluating more than 1,400 public comments related to the ADS-B proposed rule and developed a set of recommendations for FAA that will help resolve programmatic and technical uncertainties and enable them to create a rule that yields benefits for all who operate in the nation's airspace.

"As an active participant and co-chair of the FAA ADS-B ARC, we worked hard to reach consensus on some fairly complex issues," said ATA President and CEO James C. May. "We support the recommendations contained in the report and encourage FAA to embrace all of the ARC recommendations."

ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For additional information about the industry, visit

SOURCE Air Transport Association

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