The FAA is pleased to report successful implementation of 29 priorities this year, advancing work in four focus areas at target locations producing useful and measurable benefits to industry and the NAS. The FAA and Industry agreed to update the plan on an annual basis and have worked together to provide the NextGen Priorities October 2015 Joint Implementation Plan (PDF).

Last October, the FAA and the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) jointly approved the NextGen Joint Implementation Plan (PDF) to deploy NextGen priority capabilities in four focus areas at target locations over a three year period. The consensus of the FAA and stakeholders represented on the NAC is that successful implementation of these commitments will shape the future of NextGen and ensure its long-term viability.

FAA’s continued collaboration with the NAC has produced 100% agreement on the need for a rolling plan, which will re-examine the needs of the NAS and its users and add additional milestones through 2019. As part of this process improvement the NAC agreed that the Plan needed to be updated to reflect current realities. The NAC’s findings also revealed the need to be nimble and agile, and to make legitimate adjustments to priority milestones where warranted and justified. As a result, the NextGen Priorities October 2015 Joint Implementation Plan was published this fall, with agreement from industry that the plan would be updated on an annual basis.

To ensure the same level of rigor in the completion of these milestones, the FAA also has an oversight process (PDF) detailing FAA’s continued engagement with the NAC. For additional information please see the Reference Guide.

Recent Updates

As of September 6, 2016

Data Communications

Completed: Departure Clearance Tower Services Initial Operating Capability achieved at OAK in Q2-2016 and BWI, CLE, DTW, FLL, IAD, MCO, MIA, PHX, PIT, SJC, SMF and TPA in Q3-2016.

Completed: Final Investment Decision (FID) for En Route Services — Full Services.

Multiple Runway Operations

Completed: Wake Recategorization at ANC was completed in Q3-2016.

Revised: Wake Recategorization at MIA was revised from Q1-2017 to Q2-2017 to accommodate evaluation of RECAT Phase II and holiday traffic loads.

Revised: Wake Recategorization at MSP was moved up from CY18 plan due to implementation readiness. MSP replaces HNL which will move to CY18 due to needed automation updates.

Surface Operations & Data Sharing

Revised: The Industry to Provide 11 Data Elements industry commitment was revised to Q4-2016.

Completed: Advanced Electronic Flight Strips at LAS ATCT and SFO ATCT was completed in Q3-2016.

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Multiple Runway Operations

To increase airport efficiency and reduce flight delays through the use of Multiple Runway Operations (MRO), FAA commits to the increased use of wake categorization and improvements for dual and independent parallel runway operations at 28 locations nationwide. MRO capabilities improve access to these runways and can increase basic runway capacity and throughput, which will increase efficiency and reduce flight delays.

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Performance Based Navigation

With the commitment of three new metroplex sites and deployment and development of other Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures that primarily use satellite-based navigation and on-board aircraft equipment, the FAA will improve air traffic flow in major metropolitan areas while providing a variety of benefits to NAS users across the country, including shorter and more direct flight paths, improved airport arrival rates, enhanced air traffic controller productivity, increased safety due to repeatable and predictable flight paths, fuel savings and a reduction in aviation's adverse environmental impact.

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Surface Operations and Data Sharing

Surface Operations commitments are designed to increase predictability and provide actionable and measurable surface efficiency improvements. To accomplish this, the FAA commits to sharing more data with stakeholders and completing feasibility assessments of other capabilities of industry interest in order to increase predictability and efficiency.

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Data Communications

Data Communications (Data Comm) will provide digital communications services between pilots and air traffic controllers and enhanced air traffic control information to airline operations centers. The capabilities will enhance safety by reducing communication errors, increase controller productivity, and increase airspace capacity and efficiency while reducing delays, fuel burn and carbon emissions at 56 towers nationwide. Data Comm is critical to the success of NextGen, enabling efficiencies not possible with the current voice system.

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Joint Analysis Team (JAT) Results

The NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) has been instrumental in helping the Federal Aviation Administration move forward with NextGen implementations. In 2014, the NAC approved a recommendation for a set of integrated plans on four focus areas. These plans were developed by a joint FAA-Industry team, the NextGen Integration Working Group (NIWG) both operating under the NAC. The goal of the NIWG is to identify implementation priorities that deliver measurable benefits by certain dates, and, thereby, increase the community's confidence in NextGen.

Subsequently, the NAC formed the Joint Analysis Team (JAT) which includes operational and analytical experts from the FAA and industry. The JAT was formed to reach a common statement of fact regarding performance impacts and benefits that can be attributed to implementation of NextGen capabilities. The JAT performed the evaluation of Wake Recategorization implementations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), O'Hare International Airport (ORD), and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW.) To accomplish this goal, the JAT has analyzed data, metrics, methods and tools typically used by each of the parties in this type of assessment. Full details on methodology and findings can be found in the JAT Performance Assessment of Wake ReCat report (PDF).

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