When a pilot gets an order to use escort radar
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the private air-traffic control company AirNav to use its own system to monitor the airspace around airports.
The order from the Federal Aviation Office will require the company to submit daily flight data, which it must report to the FAA within 30 days.
The FAA’s announcement came in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New York.
The complaint argues that the company’s use of an FAA-approved radar system is unconstitutional.
AirNav, which is owned by American Airlines Group Inc., has been using radar in its own airspace since at least 2012.
It also uses an FAA approved radar system, which the ACLU contends violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The ACLU claims that the radar system uses the government’s permission to create an air-based monitoring network to provide data that could be used for commercial purposes without the government being required to provide the information to the public.
In response to the ACLU complaint, AirNav said that it had been working with the FAA on its radar system for years.
The company also said that its use of the radar is a result of “significant advances in technology,” including new algorithms and software that reduce the need for pilots to have to operate their aircraft manually.