Direct Access To ATC Computers Added To Service Menu
The FAA has authorized
Air Routing International to connect directly to the FAA’s
host ATC system for flight planning data access. While this access
has been granted to Part 121 airlines in the past, ARI is one of a
few firms to be granted authority to provide such service to
business aviation customers.
ARI provides flight planning, dispatch and handling service to
corporate operators from its Houston based tracking and information
center, seen in the photos.
FAA began to allow direct access to the ATC system to the Part
121 airlines only in 1996, and to operators other than 121 airlines
not until last year. Airline dispatch offices, and now approved
flight planning contractors like ARI, can send flight plan intent
messages directly to ATC. Such messages include flight plan
schedules, updates, changes, and cancellations.
ARI was initially approved for direct flight planning data
access in August, 2005. At the time, ARI VP Tim Maystrik said it
would "[n]ot only... increase our client’s efficiency,it will
also put their flight operations planning and scheduling capability
into the safest and most accurate ops model currently
The company points out that this new relationship with FAA shows
that FAA trusts corporate operators to operate in the National
Airspace System as equal partners to the scheduled airlines.
The objective of all parties, of course, is safety. "Improved
safety and efficiency are benchmarks we always strive for. The FAA
has recognized this in us and allowed us to work together in that
common goal," Maystrik said.
ARI has offices, and is represented by agents, in many corporate
aviation hubs worldwide. It began almost thirty years ago providing
weather service, and now provides comprehensive support services
for corporate aviation.
Air Routing International will be promoting its range services
during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention
in Orlando, Florida this week from November 9 to 11. ARI is in