EXCLUSIVE: Embry-Riddle’s Christina Frederick talks to Fly NextGen about politics, next month’s big test, and why she’s nervous about a ‘huge FAA shakeup’

On November 18th, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host a demo of some key systems around ERAM (En Route Automation Modernization) and TMA (Traffic Management Advisor) at its NextGen test bed facility in Daytona Beach. It’s a high-profile moment for the University, which has been lobbying heavily for funds that will allow it to develop and implement new technologies across the ATC spectrum.

Embry-Riddle’s VP of Research, Dr. Christina Frederick-Recascino, spoke to Fly NextGen about the demo as well as a wide range of related NextGen topics, including her hopes and fears for a new administration in Washington.

To read the interview from the beginning, start here.

Selected quotes:

On Embry-Riddle’s focus: “What’s really important to think about is that NextGen is not just aviation. It’s aerospace technology, it’s engineering, it’s the impact on the traveler.” (Link)

On who’s invited to the November demonstration: “The type of people that we want at this demo are people from the FAA who need to see that these disparate systems coming from different companies can be married together and could be implemented, you know, across the country.” (Link)

Research priorities: “As global climate change emerges and storms get more severe, the integration of better weather prediction and better weather displays is something we’re very interested in.” (Link)

On the post-inauguration FAA: “You don’t want someone coming who knows absolutely nothing — that would, I think, be a real setback.” (Link)

Message to Washington: “Please don’t stop now, don’t take that money that was lined up for NextGen and say, gosh, it’s better spent somewhere else.” (Link)

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One response to “EXCLUSIVE: Embry-Riddle’s Christina Frederick talks to Fly NextGen about politics, next month’s big test, and why she’s nervous about a ‘huge FAA shakeup’

  1. dcflyer

    The need to upgrade our airports was never more important. I am glad to see institutions like Embry Riddle involved because they have a long history of excellence in the aviation arena. I would hope they would consider the needs of the flying public as they design and make recommendations for the improvements in our nations airports. Today’s business traveller is the backbone of the airline industry and the airport should reflect their importance. We need more comfortable seating in the waiting areas and access to more electrical outlets to charge the various devices we are forced to travel with today.

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