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USTDA GRANT PROMOTES AVIATION SAFETY IN CHILE
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2008) – The adoption of new aviation safety technologies to meet increased air traffic demand in Chile is the objective of a grant awarded today to the country's Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (Civil General Aviation Directorate, DGAC). The grant will be used to develop a pilot program on the potential installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) airspace technologies in Chile.
"Modern aviation infrastructure is an essential catalyst for growth in the global economy," said USTDA Director Larry W. Walther. "USTDA is pleased to support the DGAC's efforts to apply technologies that will enable Chile to expand aviation service safely in response to growing demand."
The $980,000 grant was conferred during a signing ceremony held at USTDA's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Director Walther and DGAC Director General José Huepe signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. and Chilean governments, respectively. USTDA Deputy Director Leocadia I. Zak and DGAC Planning and Projects Department Chief Ivan Galan signed as witnesses to the grant agreement.
The DGAC is the government entity responsible for the management and oversight of air traffic in Chile. In response to increased air traffic demand, the DGAC has sought an evaluation of the feasibility and adequacy of installing ADS-B and LAAS systems as a means of increasing national airspace operational capacity. ADS-B is a satellite-based technology used by air traffic control and pilots to ensure proper aircraft separation. LAAS is a global positioning system (GPS) that can provide multiple precision approach capabilities to runways within the LAAS system.
The USTDA grant awarded today will support the DGAC's review of these technologies by developing a pilot project for installation at Arturo Merino Benítez airport in Santiago. If successful, the technologies could be implemented at 11 other sites throughout Chile.
The opportunity to provide the USTDA-funded assistance to DGAC will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. DGAC will select the U.S. firm that will develop the pilot program.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair, open trading environment. USTDA's strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.
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