NextGen is the largest infrastructure project ever attempted by the federal government. Its implementation includes every part of the United States and stretches into space. The technology to be developed rivals NASA’s Apollo program. Those geographical and technical dimensions make the project seem unreal and hard to grasp.
The FAA’s announcement about these developments in Western Colorado is concrete evidence of NextGen’s benefits. The equipment and systems now on the ground will help guide aircraft through the region’s mountainous terrain in bad weather due to WAM’s greater surveillance precision. As Acting Administrator Huerta said:
“This system will allow pilots to fly search and rescue missions in weather conditions that would have previously kept them grounded. It also will support Colorado’s tourism by enabling pilots to land in conditions that previously caused diversions or flight delays.”
This announcement is also important from a governmental standpoint. The State of Colorado shared some of the costs. CDOT Aeronautics Division Director David Gordon explained:
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiencies. Partnering with the FAA on applying this new and improved surveillance will translate into more efficient flight paths, saved time, reduced fuel burn and enhanced economic benefits to our mountain resort communities and airports.”
These small gains are important news that a massive program is making real progress with real, today benefits. This release, as all local stories about NextGen, will help demonstrate the value of this program.Share this article: