The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that its Air Traffic Management business unit has formed a team that has responded to a screening information request (SIR) released by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA is seeking bidders to design, produce and implement a new, fully integrated air traffic flow system that will maximize use of the capacity of the National Airspace System.
The current traffic flow management system has evolved over time from a number of subsystems and tools that are not fully interoperable. In addition, the constraints in capacity, performance and operational requirements the system now faces raise serious concerns at the FAA and among industry stakeholders about the overall future viability of the system.
The initial SIR, the first step in a two-step selection process, requests information about the bidder's technical capabilities regarding traffic flow management. The members of the Boeing-led team and the capabilities they bring to the effort to modernize the air traffic flow system are:
The Boeing Team capability statement was submitted to the FAA on June 25. The FAA expects to announce a down-selection decision in August, and to release the second SIR in late August or early September. The contract is currently expected to be awarded in June 2004.
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