FAA Programs and NEXTGEN Activities
Partners in Delivering NextGen
Over the last 20 years, Frequentis has successfully established its place in the supply chain to the FAA’s National Airspace System (NAS) and has an important role in NextGen as a contributor to advanced communications, data networking, information systems and research labs involved in providing solutions for FAA, DOD and NASA facilities throughout the US.
With a strong commitment to performance and to the delivery of the best technology possible--Frequentis offers cutting edge technological advancements supporting NAS legacy systems (backward compatible) to full NextGen future capabilities.
For 20 years, Frequentis has been supporting the FAA’s national airspace system working with the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) communications program offices, technical field operations (TFOS) maintenance personnel, technical operations (TechOps) national, regional, and local engineering services support groups and personnel, national Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), National Association of Air Traffic Specialists (NAATS) Professional Airways Support System (PASS), among other industry unions and stakeholder groups. For us to be successful, we understand that we need to play an active role with not only FAA, but the system users and operators. We have longstanding relationships and active interactions with industry associations such as ATCA, AOPA, NBAA, ATA, ALPA and other stakeholders influencing FAA’s NextGen vision.
Frequentis has installed over 100 systems at FAA air traffic control facilities and has a proven reputation for excellence working with FAA managers, contractors, technicians, engineers, controllers, facility supervisors, air traffic managers, command center specialists, and flight service station specialists. We have supported the ATO-PMO at the program level, operational field facility level, regional service center level and across organizational disciplines. Frequentis is a partner with the FAA and industry and has equipment installed at FAA WJHTC laboratories, operational air traffic control sites, and the command center.
Frequentis has provided support services and systems in demonstrations laboratories and ATC test facilities supporting NextGen communications roadmap at operational sites and the WJHTC. Our current ATC voice conferencing system solution designed and operational at the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) was conceived as a result of a joint FAA-industry technology partnership cooperative demonstration and research initiative (CDRA) we established in 1999. We have broad and deep knowledge of FAA organizations, external user groups and understand the interdependencies between internal FAA program offices and the aviation community.
For a variety of FAA program offices, our subject matter experts and advanced systems support:
- air/ground and interfacility voice communications,
- command and control conferencing communications,
- digital recording,
- electronic flight strips,
- aeronautical information systems,
- communications and data networking,
- air traffic control and flight deck data link, among other important capabilities and programs.
Frequentis is also working on research projects within the FAA's NextGen initiative, providing communications and networking systems to support NextGen labs at WJHTC and other locations and is involved in FAA programs and NextGen initiatives such as SWIM, FCS, Data Link/CPDLC, FTI, TFDM, IVSR, among others. We recently hosted the FAA’s NextGen Remote ATCT team at our facility to present integrated ATM solutions for remote towers, including full digital IP-based network recording capabilities.
In the US, Frequentis participates in RTCA working groups and technology panels, supports the Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission command centers, air traffic facilities, and other ATM facilities by providing technologists and systems solutions, working with program managers, engineers, and technicians. We have systems in use by several FAA contractors currently supporting a variety of programs, including ARINC satellite communications and data link, oceanic ATC centers, flight services voice and data communications systems and networks, electronic flight strips, and other initiatives and programs.
In addition to our support for FAA, Frequentis is an active leader participating in a variety of global conferences, our experts serve on and panels, international standards committees, design groups and working groups supporting industry communications, networking and, of particular value to FAA, many air traffic management (ATM) voice and data communications and networking standards committees and consortiums involved in developing the future vision of international and US communications and data networking standards. We are members of several international consortiums that provide important advanced concepts and future technology to support air navigation service providers (ANSPs) worldwide.
Frequentis is a member of Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking and is as such an active participant in numerous research, regulatory, industry and standardization communities and initiatives like EUROCAE and RTCA.
Frequentis is one of only five ATM ground infrastructure companies included in this major initiative, and plays an active or leading role in the following areas:
- Integrated tower
- Integrated Controller Working Position (iCWP)
- System Wide Information Management (SWIM)
Frequentis USA supports the FAA communications infrastructure via the following programs and systems:
Interim Voice Switch Replacement (IVSR) Program – Multi-year contract to deliver 100+ voice switches for Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities in the US and territories. Supporting advanced communication technology and ED-137 Standards for future air-ground radio and data link.
Command Center Conferencing System (CCS-W) – FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) voice conferencing System.
smartStrips® Electronic Flight Strips (EFS) – Installation in FAA Florida NextGen Test bed and 17 Alaska Flight Service Stations as part of the OASIS II program.
Our NextGen Vision includes additional support planned in areas such as…
Legal Recording. Audio Capture, Screen/Display Capture, Web Enabled Resources, Voice to Text Capture of A/G & G/G Communications for legal recording-- Frequentis’ unparalleled, innovative, solutions for FAA’s Future NAS Voice Recording Program (NVRP) and other operations center and line of business applications are limitless. The DIVOS 3 log recording solution is seamlessly integrated into the NextGen ATM Communication and Automation environment by supporting all current and upcoming communications and recording standards (such as VOIP recording EUROCAE ED-137). Frequentis has proven DIVOS to be the first choice of ANSPs worldwide as a trusted solution for legal recording and investigation services, fully compliant with ICAO and national legal recording requirements.
Remote Tower Concepts for NextGen
The next step in achieving full automation associated with enabling NextGen technologies and providing cost effective services throughout the future NAS will involve serious consideration of Remote Tower (RT) operations. Increasing pressure to reduce costs while maintaining or enhancing service to ATM users compel Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to rethink the status quo and to explore new concepts, such as Remote Tower (RT). Remote Towers concentrate ATC at one central location instead of having resources at each single airport, thus opening a wide field of possible synergies and savings. Frequentis is supporting several demonstration projects internationally that have potential high value applications to the FAA’s NextGen research and development strategies.
Frequentis has learned by leveraging our success as a world leader in digital voice communications, and extending these technologies, insights and our experienced personnel to providing naturally complimentary systems, such as legal ATC recording products, we can offer end-to-end communications network services that reduce costs for our customers. In addition, many of our contracts include provisions for a variety of solutions on one vehicle to allow government agencies and ANSPs that have financing and/or budgetary constraints to exercise options to order the solutions needed at the right facilities at the right time and spread out investments while retaining program cost-benefit and performance objectives for NextGen.