Upon course completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyze the major elements in the U.S. National Airspace System, the U. S. Air Traffic Control (ATC) system and other nations ATC systems, for comparison in effectiveness.
2. Analyze the most important major legislation and the historic events in aviation that have influenced the evolution of the U.S. ATC system to understand the relationship between historic events and legislative procedures.
3. Evaluate the FAA’s Capitol Investment Plan that shows the sustainability of the existing National Air Space program for the next five years while transitioning to the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
4. Analyze and evaluate the FAA’s organizational structure, responsibilities and resources in ATC that determine the location, number and type of facility.
5. Analyze the economic, social and political influences that create the dynamics of the NAS, as well as the human factors and processes of ATC that ensure a sufficient, trained workforce in the NAS.
6. Evaluate the current ATC, FAA, and NAS communications, navigation, and surveillance systems with respect to future user demands that will ensure the safe and efficient transformation to the planned improvements for each major component of ATC.
7. Analyze NextGen’s, advanced navigation systems impact on the transportation industry that will require reconfigured facilities and enhanced runways to take full advantage of NextGen’s benefits.
8. Evaluate the present and future impact of “free flight” and security in the future of the NAS to understand the relationship between the controllers, the airspace and the airlines.
9. Critically analyze the current major components of ATC system in the United States against the forecasted changes to the system, recommend procedures for implementation or operational changes to ensure continued safety in the ATC and NAS.
10. Demonstrate an ability to locate, retrieve, and assess air traffic control and national airspace system reference materials from the Hunt Memorial Library Electronic databases, as the information retrieval portion of your increase in computing, critical thinking, decision-making, information retrieval, speaking and writing skills in this course, as mutually agreed upon by the student and instructor.