Accession Number : ADA320331

Title :   Looking Towards the Future Air Navigation System: Will Free Flight Hamper Global Reach?

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Herron, Joe C.

PDF Url : ADA320331

Report Date : NOV 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Budget constraints are forcing prioritization on future spending for Air Mobility Command's weapon systems. As the airplanes age, some of the parts that are worn out become too expensive to replace. Modernization of avionics and communication packages are becoming a necessity based on the rapid implementation of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Free Flight. The purpose of this study is to understand how the implementation of FANS will affect the Air Mobility Command's Global Reach Mission in the 21st Century. A background and literature review will show what elements comprise FANS and Free Flight. The strategic planning of the Air Mobility Master Plan (AMMP) and a new directive closes the review. The main issues of technology, concepts, and costs will be discussed along with the two alternatives available to AMC for future emphasis. The study concludes with the emphasis that a new planning method has to be implemented. The priority for avionics and communications upgrades is now. The operations tempo will not slow down in the near future. The policy of Global Reach will continue to be called upon. We must see that unrestricted operations in the FANS and Free Flight environment continues.

Descriptors :   *AIR NAVIGATION, *MILITARY PLANNING, *FREE FLIGHT, AVIONICS, GLOBAL, ENVIRONMENTS, AGING(MATERIALS), STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, LITERATURE SURVEYS, INTERFACES, COSTS, PARTS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, OBSOLESCENCE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE