Flight plan

Prior to 1997, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the government agency responsible for the safety of the more than sixty million air flights occurring annually throughout the country, lacked the metrics it needed to improve air travel. But beginning in that year, the FAA teamed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to launch the Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDARS) project, an effort to create a metric for collecting flight plan and radar tracking data, information that helps air traffic control decision-makers measure flight performance, map out routes and airspace travel, analyze noise abatement, and support search, rescue, and training operations. This article details this project?s evolution, from its 1997 inception to its 2005 delivery. In doing so, it identifies the six components of PDARS?s monitoring method and the safety management benefits the system provides. It then describes the project team?s stakeholder-focused, iterative approach
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