Next Generation Air Traffic Management Systems     Print Email
Friday, 06 November 2009

Nigel Makins, EUROCONTROL’s SESAR/NextGen Liaison to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Kevin Chamness, Manager of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Global Forums, ATO International Strategy and Performance at the FAA discussed advancements in air traffic management, transatlantic cooperation and issues in development and implementation. The political aspects of cooperation as well as the more technical requirements of developing and implementing a next generation system for air traffic management were discussed. The growing need for modernization of air traffic systems, and the unique challenges and opportunities it presents for the global community were at the center of the conversations. John Fischer, a Specialist in Transportation at the Congressional Research Center moderated the discussion.
 
  • World Radio Conference Outcomes

    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

"Newpolitik" by Emily Hruban

 

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