NextGen is the future of the navigation system for air transportation. Congress and other critics have expressed some concerns about its value; some in industry are concerned about its costs/benefits as well as the delays incurred in all phases—development, acquisition and implementation. It is a complicated, multi-segmented program; so the average aviator has difficulty tracking its progress.
As noted by AirTrafficManagement.net, but not well publicized by the FAA, there is a revised NextGenUpdate 2016 website which reviews all of the major elements of that massive investment in the ATC system. It begins with an informative video presentation by Deputy Administrator and Chief NextGen Officer Michael Whitaker reviewing the FAA progress implementing it.
The Update page includes links to pages reporting on the status of
- moreATM summarizes the highlights the key points of the 2016 Update”
- “Data Comm has been deployed to nearly 20 towers at airports across the country, with a total of 56 planned by the end of 2016.
- More than 18,400 general aviation and 470 commercial aircraft have equipped with ADS-B. Through the efforts of Equip 2020 (www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb), more are being added every day.
- Comprehensive PBN networks have been implemented in the Washington, D.C., Houston, North Texas and northern California metroplexes, increasing efficiency and reducing aircraft exhaust emissions.
- SWIM data distribution tools are now moving vast amounts of aviation-related Big Data to more than 100 users, with more signing on all the time. In addition to airlines and other operators in the NAS, government agencies and businesses can access the data, if approved by the FAA to receive it.”
The FAA points to close cooperation between the United States and other nations on air traffic control modernization. Evidence of the global progress includes agreements with the European Union through the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research organization (copies are kinked), as well as collaborative work through the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Administrator’s visit to Asia attracted some important informal agreements with those countries.
The site is very user-friendly and you should be able to answer whatever questions you may have.
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