June 23, 2021

The MITRE Corporation, under funding from the FAA, is conducting a survey for general aviation (GA) operators regarding mobile device and app usage. The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and the information provided will be used to further research into the use of mobile technology used by operators.

Information collected in the survey will enable MITRE to continue developing its Pacer platform, a web-based application that allows pilots to submit their departure readiness information and receive more accurate demand data. Still in development, Pacer currently only works for airports that have had adaptations built for the platform, including Charlotte Douglas International (CLT), five airports in the Dallas, TX area, two airports in the Las Vegas, NV area and eight “ski country” airports in Colorado.

“As part of the development of MITRE’s Pacer app, NBAA helped the app evolve from our work in Charlotte, Las Vegas and Dallas, as well as the Colorado ski country airports this past winter,” said Ernie Stellings, senior manager, NBAA Air Traffic Services. “We’ve used the Pacer app for our conventions and plan to use it at the 2021 show in Las Vegas. Participation in the survey will help MITRE continue development of the Pacer app.”

The Pacer technology leverages national airspace data from FAA systems such as traffic flow and terminal flight data management systems, along with airline supplied data, to build an integrated schedule and supply the system with GA pilot departure readiness data so the user will then have a more clear idea of approximately when they will be wheels up after leaving the ramp.

Review the GA Mobile Connectivity Survey.