ADS-B Launched in Gulf of Mexico

By Staff Writer | January 14, 2010
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Air traffic controllers in Houston are starting to use automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) to monitor, manage and separate aircraft operating over the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the satellite-based system “will help the FAA improve the safety of flights over the Gulf, even as air traffic increases.” FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told reporters on Tuesday in Houston that the technology “will save time and money for aircraft operators and passengers and reduce our carbon footprint.” Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro noted that ADS-B will improve safety and operational efficiency of helicopters in the offshore oil and gas industry. PHI Inc. conducted the first IFR helicopter flight over the Gulf using ADS-B on Dec. 17.
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