ATA Says FAA Must Demonstrate Benefits of $2.5-$6.2 Billion Cost For ADS-B Out Equipage Under New Rule

Posted: 27 May 2010 | Air Transport Association of America, Inc. | No comments yet

ATA, issued the following statement in response to the release of a new FAA regulation requiring aircraft operating in U.S. airspace…

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today issued the following statement in response to the release of a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation requiring aircraft operating in U.S. airspace to be equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) equipment:

“With an FAA cost estimate of between $2.5 and $6.2 billion, ATA is carefully reviewing the ADS-B rule released today, and will have no further comment until that in-depth review is complete. ATA has said repeatedly that any rule requiring this type of equipage and expense must be based on a solid business case in which the true benefits and real costs are fully understood and justified. We are hopeful that the FAA regulatory evaluation supporting the rule will be made available soon in order to help facilitate our review,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May.

Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 11 million U.S. jobs. On a daily basis, U.S. airlines operate nearly 25,000 flights in 80 countries, using more than 6,000 aircraft to carry an average of two million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo.

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