Implementation and Supporting Portfolios
This section summarizes the goal of each portfolio.
Improved Surface Operations focuses on improved airport surveillance information, automation to support airport configuration management and runway assignments and enhanced cockpit displays to provide increased situational awareness for controllers and pilots.
Phases of Flight
This section shows the operational improvements in the implementation portfolio by phases of flight. The numbered hexagons correspond to the operational improvements listed below.
Timeline for Achieving OIs and Capabilities
This section contains the timelines for achieving the operational improvements and capabilities included in the portfolio. Color-coded timelines indicate whether a capability is in the concept or development phase, or when it will be operational or available to NAS users. Operational improvement timelines depict when the majority of the work necessary to develop and deploy the associated capabilities will be completed. The airplane arrow indicates that the improvement or capability continues.
↑ Capability Timeline
↑ Operational Improvement Timeline
↑ RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force recommendation to which increment corresponds
↑ Status color-code key
↓ Portfolio changes
1 Formerly Airport Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC).
2 Surface Indications/Alerts (SURF-IA) is in the concept maturity phase and the implementation time frame is being revisited.
3 Timeline updated to reflect contract award.
4 Departure Routing Increment 1 2012 has moved to Collaborative ATM portfolio, name changed to Route Availability Planning 2013, timeline updated to reflect program baseline.
5 New capability added for 2015 timeframe to provide initial surface traffic management.
6 Airport Configuration Management, Runway Assignments, Scheduling and Sequencing, and Taxi Routing capabilities associated with this OI have been updated to reflect current agency plans.
Selected Work Activities
This section highlights selected NextGen work activities for operational improvements in the portfolio. It includes activities completed in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and planned for FY 2013 and beyond.
4 OI 104207: Enhanced Surface Traffic Operations (2014-2018) ← Operational Improvement
Budget* ← Budget line that fully or partially funds the selected work activity
- Supported by NextGen Data Communications (Data Comm)
FY 2012 ←Work activities completed in FY 2012
- Completed: Achieved final investment decision for Data Comm tower service
FY 2013 ←Work activities planned for FY 2013
- Complete Revised Departure Clearance (DCL) trials procedures and training development
FY 2014+ ←Work activities planned for FY 2014+
- Deploy revised DCL via Data Comm for operational use to suitably equipped operators operators
Descriptions of OIs and Capabilities
In this space, we list and describe the operational improvements and supporting capabilities in the implementation portfolio. We also indicate where the operational improvement/capability supports a recommendation of the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force.
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Improve Low-Visibility Taxi (EFVS)
The FAA and industry are partnering to develop a taxi benefit for aircraft equipped with certified enhanced vision systems. Currently, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)-equipped operators can use their EFVS only for approved situational awareness and safety while on the ground. Some operators have requested that they be authorized taxi benefits when their company's weather minimums are lower than an airport's weather operating minimums and if their aircraft are equipped with EFVS. The FAA is evaluating the feasibility of this request in concert with other activities related to improved low-visibility surface operations.
Concept Maturity and System Development
The Concept Maturity portfolio is organized by NextGen budget lines.
Arrivals/Departures at High Density Airports (HD) ← NextGen budget line focuses on increasing the arrivals and departures in areas where demand for runway capacity is high, where there are multiple runways with airspace and taxiing interaction, and where airports are in close proximity with potential for airspace/approach interference.
Activity: Trajectory Management - Surface Tactical Flow
Operational Improvement ← Operational Improvements supported
- 104209: Initial Surface Traffic Management
Task Force ← RTCA Task Force operational capabilities supported
- Focuses on the development of surface-based trajectory operations and provides a roadmap for the development of a collaborative Surface Traffic Management System.
- Completed: Completed the evaluation report on the field assessment conducted at MEM in 2011 on the feasibility of queue management in the surface tactical flow arena for flight operators and the air traffic control tower
- Completed: Completed a technical transfer of queue management concepts to the Program Management Office and support artifacts
- Develop an initial shortfall analysis to identify possible gaps of airport configuration management
- Conduct field evaluations at MEM to validate the airport configuration concept
- Continue technical transfer of mature surface capabilities to the Program Management Office