International Aviation: Next Generation Air Transportation System
As part of our responsibility for International Leadership in FAA's Strategic Flight Plan, the Office of International Aviation is promoting the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) internationally. NextGen is a comprehensive upgrade of the national airspace system that will fundamentally change the way we manage air traffic and implementation is underway.
FAA Senior Representatives around the world and our Headquarters based International Aviation staff work with our international partners to help countries understand FAA NextGen programs, plans and activities for moving from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system of air traffic management; and the impact of these systems domestically and internationally in an effort to harmonize global interoperability and standards as FAA implements NextGen.
NextGen implementation currently consists of the following critical transitions:
- From ground based to satellite-based navigation and surveillance, through Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)
- From voice communications to digital data exchange through Data Communications (Data Comm)
- From a disparate and fragmented weather forecast delivery system to a system that uses a single, authoritative source called NextGen Network Enabled Weather (NNEW)
- From operations limited by visibility to sustaining the pace of operations even when impacted by adverse weather or difficult terrain using Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B), Collaborative Air Traffic Management Technologies (CATM-T), and System Wide Information Management (SWIM).
Learn more at FAA's NextGen program website.