Volpe Center Report on Advanced Automation System Benefit-Cost Study: Final Report
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Volpe Center Report on Advanced Automation System Benefit-Cost Study: Final Report

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      Prepared for: Committee on Appropriations United States House of Representatives, United States Senate
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      Final Report
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      NTL-AVIATION-AVIATION;NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Economics and Finance;NTL-AVIATION-Air Traffic Control;
    • Abstract:
      The Volpe Center study of the benefits and costs of the AAS approached the analysis by segments rather than as a whole system. The study concentrated on the automation aspects of the A TC system and applied conservative assumptions to the estimation of benefits to users. Some uncertainties exist in the results for the reasons cited. Within the limits of sensitivity confidence bands, the results suggest that costs are comparable whether the FAA only pursues modernization of the en route centers with ISSS, or if it continues into other phases of the system. The results indicate substantial additional maintenance savings when a New TRACON automation system is installed and associated towers are modernized. The user benefits that accrue from this additional modernization further distinguish the alternatives. The larger view of these results includes the understanding that each of the system alternatives requires substantial additional expenditures to achieve the next level of modernization. With additional investments in modernized equipment, there are savings in hardware maintenance, although offset by some increases in software maintenance. The shift to a software-based system is a necessary part of modernization. The real source of improved system capacity and flight route efficiency is the introduction of fully modernized software and the advanced operational A TC procedures that it enables.
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