Wednesday, October 10, 2007

FAA History Lesson -- October 3-9

FAA History Lesson -- October 3-9


From the FAA Historical Chronology, 1926-1996...

”Oct 3, 1988: Citing increasing congestion and a rash of air traffic control operation errors, FAA indefinitely reduced the maximum number of arrivals permitted at Chicago O'Hare from 96 an hour to 80.”

”Oct 4, 1971: FAA commissioned the first operational Automated Radar Terminal System (ARTS) III, at Chicago's terminal radar control facility at O'Hare International Airport. The basic ARTS III, when added to existing airport surveillance radars, permitted the display of such flight information as aircraft identity and altitude directly on the radarscopes for aircraft equipped with transponders. (See Feb 13, 1973.) ”

”Oct 4, 1958: British Overseas Airways Corporation inaugurated the first transatlantic jet passenger service, using de Havilland Comet 4 aircraft flying between New York and London. On the 26th of the same month, Pan American World Airways began the first U.S. scheduled jet service with Boeing 707 flights between New York and Paris. On Dec 10, 1958, National Airlines used leased 707s to begin the first U.S. domestic scheduled jet airline service, flying between New York and Miami. ”

” Oct 7, 1963: The Learjet 23 made its initial flight. FAA certificated the twin-engine executive aircraft in July of the following year, and the company made its first delivery in October. The success of Model 23 and later Learjets helped to popularize corporate jet transportation. ”

In that I’m just playing catch up, I’ll let you see if any of these entries might have any bearing on today’s National Airspace System for yourself.

Don Brown
October 10, 2007

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