The AERA Concept.
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
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An Air Traffic Control ATC system can be be developed to provide fuel-efficient routings routinely, to increase controller productivity, and to reduce system errors. This concept document describes a system called AERAAutomated En-Route Air Traffic Control, that is an evolutionary extrapolation of many techniques that FAA has pioneered during the past decade, such as conflict alert, en route metering, Automatic Traffic Advisory and Resolution Service ATARS. Discrete Address Beacon System DABS, trajectory modeling and planning algorithms, and electronic tabular displays ETABS. This report was prepared by a team of ATC experts to review prior work and the on-going AERA program, and to define a total AERA concept. The review team concluded that the concept is feasible the degree of automation implied can be achieved with state of the art equipment the system can be designed so that no aircraft would be placed in hazard by system failures and, finally, AERA has benefits that are substantially larger than its costs.
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