What is NextGen?
NextGen Works for Pilots
The contrast could not be more stark.
Mel Davis: NATCA
At the end of the story of NextGen, there will still be controllers.
Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell
We're the fifth-largest air cargo port in the world.
Where is NextGen?
In only a few years all cockpits in every airplane that crosses the sky will be equipped with this new technology. Automatic Dependent Surveillance — Broadcast, known as ADS-B — will enhance safety with precision monitoring of aircraft. The agency is already nearing completion of the necessary infrastructure investment required to make this vital technology a reality.
Currently, all communication between cockpit and controller is done through audio channels. This has served pilots well for many years, but with the growing number of flights that take to the skies every day and every year, there needs to be alternative solutions to meet that demand. Data Comm uses messaging services — a lot like texting — to deliver clearances, coordinates and commands. Pilots see the information, acknowledge, and act.
This digital technology will help alleviate the information burden on older infrastructure. With multiple systems in place from decades of "fixes," the single NAS Voice System will provide crystal clear communications between air and ground and ground to ground transmission.
This is the nucleus of the NextGen technology transformation. The information management service accesses all available data — weather, flights status, airport delays, departure and arrival paths — and builds the most efficient and economical flight path for each aircraft. The data exchange and the information sharing the system is founded on will help choreograph the roughly 87,000 flights that cross our skies every day.
"It makes a difference.
Simply, it makes a difference."
~ Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
How NextGen Works
NextGen Near You
Atlanta Metroplex (2012)
16,665 Total Metroplex Operations (arrivals and departures)
2,541 Commercial Air Carrier
662 General Aviation