FAA grants NextGen contract to CSSI, Flatirons
April 30, 2010, 07:19 pm
An engineer contract associated with the Federal Aviation Administration's efforts to improve the air tracking system was recently awarded.
Prime contractor CSSI Inc., along with Flatirons Solutions, was granted the $280 million contract to perform engineering work on the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The contract is the first of as many as six associated with System Engineering 2020, an umbrella structure within the NextGen changes.
Under the contract, the two companies will provide systems engineering, program planning and financial management for SE-2020. Al Tiedman, CSSI president, said the company has worked with the FAA on projects for 20 years.
"We look forward to working with Flatirons Solutions to apply our experience, determination and creativity to help the FAA take this important step in developing NextGen," Tiedman said.
The NextGen system will change how flights are tracked in the company by switching the system to a satellite-based GPS program. Doing so should reduce the change of midair collisions and provide more accurate information.
Recently, a part of the NextGen system was brought online to air traffic controllers in Philadelphia. It will allow them quicker updates on the placement of aircraft in flight.
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