Air traffic control upgrades

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Introduction It has been estimated that air traffic will double within the next ten years. Maintaining our current accident rate, with double the traffic, would mathematically lead to twice as many accidents as we currently experience every year. That prospect is unacceptable (UK and International Press). There has been obvious growing concern with our airspace due to the anticipated expected growth in air traffic in the years to come. These concerns are not unwarranted with …

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…ATC. These improvements cannot take place without a gradual introduction into the current system. The change has to be more evolutionary than a complete drastic changeover. The new systems must integrate with the current systems to provide a smooth transition that will lead to eventual all upgraded and modernized components. This report will concentrate on three specific aspects of automation for ATC. They are datalink applications, conflict probe, and next generation aviation safety. Datalink Applications