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Leadership team assigned to develop next generation data communications system

January 10, 2012, 04:24 pm

ITT Exelis recently announced its leadership team for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's data communication integrated services contract. The team will lead research in the development of a new data communications system, as part of the FAA's long-term plan to modernize air traffic control systems.

The goal of the effort is to upgrade radar-based air traffic control systems with satellite-based surveillance and navigation with new ground technologies. These enhancements will enable planes to fly safer and more efficiently, while decreasing air congestion in major cities across the country. While airplane safety is key, pilots should also invest in pilot insurance to safeguard against the unexpected.

"The outstanding pursuit team we have assembled has ensured all data communications system aspects -  ground infrastructure, avionics, aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) implications and airline priorities are fully considered in the system solution proposed by ITT Exelis," said David Melcher, CEO and president of ITT Exelis.

Aviation research is also being conducted at the former Kansas Coliseum complex, where the National Institute for Aviation Research will be testing more full-scale structures for commercial and military clients. The NIAR is a major aviation testing laboratory focusing on airplane parts, avionics and composites. As a branch of Wichita State University, the National Science Foundation listed the organization second among all U.S. aeronautical research and development groups, the Wichita Eagle reported.

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