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The Future Air Navigation System (Fans): Communications Navigation Surveillance Air Traffic Management [Hardcover]

Vincent P. Galotti
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March 1997 0291398332 978-0291398338 Reprinted edition
By the early 1980s, the increasing limitations of present communication, navigation and surveillance systems were becoming apparent. To address this, the ICAO council established the future air navigation system committee (FANS) to investigate new concepts and technologies and to recommend a system to overcome the present problems. The FANS committee concluded the existing systems were restricted to effective air traffic management and the problems could not be overcome on a global scale, except by new concepts and newer CNS systems which would fully support air traffic management. The FANS committee developed the CNS/ATM global concept. This text describes the world's vision for the future air navigation system and the concepts developed under the auspices of ICAO between 1983 and 1993, dedicated solely to the CNS/ATM concept. It covers the technical, institutional, economic, labour and human factors associated with the CNS/ATM concept.

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  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Gower Technical; Reprinted edition edition (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0291398332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0291398338
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars I Hope That You Like Acronyms September 6, 2003
I have read this book as part of a graduate level class on Air Traffic Control. The book is very expensive, and in my view not really worth the money.
I have four fundamental issues with the book: numerous grammatical errors abound, and are actually distracting sometimes; the author is obviously very knowledgeable, yet is extremely is an easy read simply because the author says the same thing over and over again (I understand reinforcement, but this is ridiculous); some of the materiel is becoming out of date rapidly, while much of the rest is 'pie in the sky' theory; and finally, and most annoyingly, the author perpetuates the myth that you sound better when you speak in acronyms. This book is the worst I have ever seen for making up acronyms for no reason. I'm an airline pilot by profession, I understand the need for acronyms for things that are long and will be said repetitively, but is this really necessary: "Aeronautical Fixed Service (AFS) refers to telecommunications between fixed points or ground stations...," when what he means is 'phone call?' That is just an example from opening the book at random. You will also be pleased to know that "MIDANPIRG" means "Middle East Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group." I could go on, but you get the idea. When so much of the text is pointless acronyms, it becomes very tedious to read and fails to convey the author's intent (get some coffee, you will need it).
Now that I have slammed it's weaknesses, I will tell you about two strengths the book has. The first is that it is an excellent overall text detailing the Future Air Navigation System (as it is envisioned), and has good explanations of interrelationships of different components of the FANS.
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Those skilled in Air Traffic Management / Air Traffic Control will appreciate the complexity of technologies involved. Author Vincint P. Galotti, Jr. by nature of his position as director of the ATM section of ICAO, is an authoritative source regarding FANS. The author provides clear understanding of Air Traffic Management and the history of previous technologies while educating the reader of development of the Future Air Navigation System (FANS). Due to the overlaping nature of aviation Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance some repitive references are necessary to acquaint the reader about the interrelationships between these elements. For some, this may seem redundant. Additionally, the author teaches the reader about existing technologies by their corresponding accronyms; but anyone skilled in this field consistently refer to these systems by their accronyms, anyway.

Although the FAA is currently debating elements of Next-Generation ATM and National Airspace Systems (NAS), FANS remains current enough to educate the reader on Air Traffic Management systems and technologies. I would highly recommend this book!
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