Air Transport World

Technology Achievement Award: Garmin International.(ATW Airline Achievement Awards)

A new epoch in the air traffic management technologies and capabilities often associated with the term Free Flight finally is arriving. ATC providers around the world will be moving with increasing speed to operational use of a satellite-based system that sets aircraft free from the limiting tyranny of locally positioned short-range, line-of-sight navigation aids and radars in Favor of a ubiquitous "god-to-ground" technology for surveillance, navigation, precision approach and aircraft separation.

The ability of all participants in the airspace system to have perfect knowledge not only of their own positions but also the positions of "all those around them has become a reality. …

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