What is NextGen?
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Success Stories from the Tracks Video
Where is NextGen?
- Multiple Runway Operations
- Data Comm
- Performance Based Navigation
- Surface Operations and Data Sharing
Improves runway access through the use of improved technology, updated standards, safety analysis and modifications to air traffic monitoring tools and operating procedures that will enable more arrival and departure operations.
Currently, all communication between cockpit and controller is done through audio channels. This has served pilots well for many years, but with the growing number of flights that take to the skies every day and every year, there needs to be alternative solutions to meet that demand. Data Comm uses messaging services — a lot like texting — to deliver clearances, coordinates and commands. Pilots see the information, acknowledge, and act.
Addresses ways to leverage emerging technologies, such as satellite-based Area Navigation and Required Navigation Performance, to improve access and flexibility for point-to-point 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; a key step is sharing airport surface information with authorized stakeholders.
"It makes a difference.
Simply, it makes a difference."
~ Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
How NextGen Works
NextGen Near You
D.C. Metroplex Average Daily Traffic (FY 2014)
17,382 Total Metroplex Operations (arrivals and departures)
2,189 Commercial Air Carrier
548 General Aviation