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Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)

This is NextGen

NextGen is not one technology, product, or goal. Rather, it is a series of interlinked programs, portfolios, systems, policies, and procedures. It implements advanced technologies and capabilities that dramatically improve the operation of the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Our reporting of NextGen performance captures qualitative and quantitative benefits of implemented capabilities that focus on safety, throughput, and efficiency. FAA estimates of NextGen benefits are divided into achieved and future benefits from deployed and new capabilities.

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The FAA is delivering capabilities originating from the 2007 concept of operations. Together with industry, the agency will continue to monitor joint progress and be agile and flexible to make needed adjustments.

Industry Responsibilities

Operators are responsible for equipping their aircraft so they can take advantage of FAA-delivered capabilities and help improve the NAS. We collaborate with the aviation community through groups like the NextGen Advisory Committee.

International Harmonization

The FAA and its international partners work through the International Civil Aviation Organization to develop a globally connected air traffic management system. To do this, the FAA leverages experience gained from developing and implementing NextGen.

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NextGen: Major Milestones

NextGen is one of the most ambitious infrastructure and modernization projects in U.S. history. The operational transformation stems from investment, commitment, hard work, and collaboration across the FAA and throughout the aviation community with support from Congress. This timeline includes a selection of our many NextGen milestones. Click on the arrow in the image below or drag the timeline to the desired year and click on a milestone "flag". Want to dig deeper? View a more comprehensive timeline of NextGen milestones and major NextGen accomplishments per year.

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