Joint U.S.-European Future Communications Operating Concept

April 2007
John Gonda, The MITRE Corporation
Patricia Chávez, The MITRE Corporation
Brian T. Hung, The MITRE Corporation
Gregg Anderson, Federal Aviation Administration
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The growth in aviation traffic has resulted enormous pressure on the ability of existing spectrum resources to satisfy expected air/ground communication requirements. To address this issue, EUROCONTROL the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiated a joint activity under the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) known as the Future Communication Study (FCS). The associated work plan identifies three parts: developing communications operating concepts and requirements; conducting a technology assessment, and developing a transition and implementation roadmap. This paper focuses on the development of initial concepts and requirements, which is one the first steps in the process of defining a Future Radio System (FRS), a subject which should be of interest to planners in the avionics industry.

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