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GAO reviewed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) acquisition of the Advanced Automation System (AAS) to determine whether it is a technically and economically sound investment.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should direct FAA to revise its AAS acquisition strategy to incorporate a contract phase to develop and operationally test prototype models of critical components under realistic conditions before the decision and contract award are made for full production quantities. At a minimum, critical components should include the controller workstations, en route hardware and software, and the local communications network.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should direct FAA to reexamine AAS features and requirements to identify the most inexpensive and cost-effective alternatives and to revalidate requirements before proceeding to the development and testing phase.|
|Department of Transportation||3. The Secretary of Transportation should direct FAA to verify the benefit estimates and the operational suitability of Aera 1 and Aera 2 functional enhancements by operational simulation as soon as it is practicable, and before proceeding with full-scale production.|