Air Traffic Control Capabilities: Opportunity to Utilize Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Equipment on Aircraft for Military Air Traffic Control and Command and Control in Combat and Humanitarian Operations
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
New rules being mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration FAA, European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation EUROCONTROL, and other governing bodies will demand changes in navigational equipment on aircraft in order to optimize handling by national and international air traffic management systems. For example, the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO, to which 183 members subscribe, is including Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast ADS-B in ICAO standards and recommended practices. The purpose of this paper is to examine this new class of aircraft equipment and propose taking advantage of this opportunity to field a deployable air traffic control surveillance capability for use across the spectrum of operations from combat to more permissive environments such as stability, reconstruction, or humanitarian operations.