A New Platform for Efficient and Safe Air Transportation
Imagine airlines flying more efficient routes, saving fuel, reducing emissions, and staying on time even in many cases when storms intervene. Picture airports less congested and air traffic controllers able to do their jobs more effectively with greater cooperation among other aviation stakeholders, lighter workloads, and less stress.
Those are among the key benefits provided by current and future releases of En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), an FAA initiative for which Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor. ERAM is transforming the nation’s en route air traffic control automation system, used at the 20 FAA Air Route Traffic Control Centers in the contiguous United States, to control aircraft flying at altitudes above 10,000 feet.
ERAM is upgrading the National Airspace System (NAS) software and helping the FAA accommodate increased air traffic and new innovations. As the platform for next generation air traffic control initiatives, ERAM is replacing the existing en route air traffic control automation system that is more than 40 years old and can no longer be easily upgraded or expanded. Open, standards-based software is being built into a new, highly secure system architecture.
A Robust System
All this capability comes in a system that is more secure, more reliable, and easier to manage, maintain, upgrade and support. Considered a huge step by aviation industry experts, ERAM is the key component enabling the transformation of next generation air traffic control.