The federal government should work with private firms to develop drone traffic management systems and test drone designs. This could help stimulate the development of drone aviation. It could also help modernize the air traffic control system.
Building on RAND work examining the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 aerial refueling tanker to comply with airspace modernization mandates, this study extended the analysis to the C-5, C-17, C-130, and KC-135 fleets.
Air Force range managers schedule the infrastructure and airspace needed for realistic testing and training activities, which requires adequate information about the proposed maneuvers, the acceptable context, and understanding of the goals.
The U.S. Air Force's KC-10 air refueling fleet has been in service for 25 years without a major avionics upgrade. Without modernization, the KC-10 will not be in compliance with upcoming air traffic management mandates regulating the minimum allowed communication, navigation, and surveillance capabilities.
In this report, RAND outlines a comprehensive set of recommendations intended to help the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) strengthen the party process, create a more expansive statement of causation, modernize investigative procedures, streamline internal operating procedures, better manage resources, maintain a strategic view of staffing, streamline training practices, improve facilities for engineering and training.
Reports the results of a November 1994 conference held by RAND in Amsterdam, which brought together experts and stakeholders from different countries to identify key airport safety policy challenges and to discuss possible solutions.
The evolution of GPS into an information system with a substantial international user community has raised complex policy questions for U.S. decisionmakers on a variety of issues affecting national defense, commerce, and foreign policy.
Human roles, technical issues, and economic implications for each scenario are discussed, leading to the conclusion that human skills are an integral part of the ATC system and should be retained but extended via the Shared Control scenario.
Operations Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Education Ph.D. in civil engineering, University of Maryland, College Park; M.S.E. in operations research, Princeton University; B.A. in mathematics, University of Pennsylvania
Operations Researcher; Core Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Education Ph.D. in civil engineering, University of California, Berkeley; M.S. in operations research, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in math, Johns Hopkins University