Would you rather spend two hours on the plane or two hours on the beach? NextGen-equipped aircraft heading to Fort Lauderdale can avoid long reroutes around thunderstorms and fly the fastest route across the Gulf of Mexico.
Pilots pass Woodstock, Lucy and Pigpen on their way to Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport in Northern California. These are the names of the waypoints that guide them along the NextGen approach path to the runway.
NextGen is making it easier for air traffic to fly to and from airports in metroplexes across the United States. A metroplex is a metropolitan area where airports in close proximity make for complex airspace. See how metroplexes work and their expected NextGen benefits.
Nestled in the mountains of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming is one of the most scenic airports in the world — and one of the most difficult to get to. Luckily, a new NextGen procedure makes the approach to the airport safer, faster and avoids noise-sensitive areas.
What difference do two nautical miles make? At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport it means an increase in departures of 15-20 percent per hour made possible by a NextGen procedure that safely reduces the distance between departing aircraft.
For two decades, aircraft collision avoidance warning systems have been providing the last line of defense in preventing mid-air accidents. As NextGen capabilities are improving the efficiency of air travel, we are upgrading the collision avoidance system to keep up with the new ways we fly.
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Across the National Airspace System
As NextGen moves toward full implementation, the benefits of new capabilities and procedures that enhance passengers' experience and improve safety will grow. It is crucial to track the progress of those benefits to ensure that we provide improvements that make the kinds of impacts we need. Explore what NextGen is bringing to you and what you can expect from this monumental undertaking.
NextGen is improving traffic flow in metroplexes: metropolitan areas where airports in close proximity make for complex airspace. See how metroplexes work and their expected NextGen benefits.
Don't miss the new metroplex section, highlighting the FAA's initiative to improve air traffic flow in busy metropolitan areas. The section includes an overview of the FAA's metroplex concept, information about the metroplexes identified by the FAA and the aviation community, and the projected annual benefits associated with the FAA's Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex program.
- New Key Performance Indicators:
- Effective Gate-to-Gate Time
- Effective Gate-to-Gate Time Predictability
- Average Daily Capacity
- Calendar year 2012 Environmental data
- Fiscal year 2013 Efficiency, City Pair and Access data