Service Availability for Air Traffic Control Air/Ground Voice Communications in the Gulf of Mexico

L. Monticone and D. Liedman (USA)


Air/Ground Communications, Air Traffic Control, Availability, Gulf of Mexico, Reliability


This paper discusses the service availability criteria that representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO) have defined for air traffic control (ATC) air/ground (A/G) voice communications in the Gulf of Mexico. In order to evaluate these criteria, models that relate airspace coverage with the availability of ground-based communications systems had to be developed. This paper discusses the development of the models and their application to four en route sectors in the Gulf of Mexico.

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