Upon learning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may delay oceanic Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations of space-based ADS-B from 2022 to potentially 2028 or 2029, CAA joined interested aviation stakeholders in a letter to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. As noted in the letter, “We urge your leadership on ensuring that all necessary steps to implement space-based ADS-B surveillance in the U.S. oceanic airspace is done as close to the original 2022 start date as possible.”
As further noted, cargo and passenger airlines who have been flying through Canadian and United Kingdom controlled oceanic airspace have been getting the value of this capability since March of 2019 including:
- Improving safety through real-time feedback to pilots when they are flying at uncleared altitudes;
- Allowing aircraft to fly more optimal routes in the North Atlantic reducing meaningful fuel costs;
- Reducing carbon emission through these improved flight paths.