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Performance Reporting

Integrating NextGen capabilities to transform the National Airspace System is a complex effort. NextGen Performance Reporting captures the quantitative benefits of implemented capabilities focused on safety, throughput, and flight efficiency measures. Other implemented capabilities are providing benefits that are not yet measured or still too difficult to quantify, such as Automated Terminal Proximity Alert and System Wide Information Management. Find out where these and other capabilities have been implemented at an airport near you.

Total achieved benefits measured thus far represent key implementations but are a small portion of the expected future benefits. As measurable capabilities grow and mature on the NextGen infrastructure, future benefits are expected to continue to grow on an annual basis.

Benefits from NextGen have the potential to grow from $7 billion in 2019 to $100 billion by the early 2030s through FAA implementations and industry equipping aircraft and training crews. Operationalizing NextGen places expectations on both industry responsibilities (including ADS-B, Data Comm, PBN, and Airline Data) and FAA Implementations (including TBFM, Data Comm, PBN, and SWIM) to realize the maximum possible benefits.

Since December 2015, the FAA and aviation community have collaborated through the Joint Analysis Team (JAT) to form a consensus on the benefits of significant parts of NextGen. The JAT has analyzed Performance Based Navigation standard terminal arrival procedures with optimized profile descents, North Texas Metroplex, Established on Required Navigation Performance, Controller Pilot Data Link Communications tower services, Time Based Flow Management tools En Route Departure Capability and Integrated Departure/Arrival Capability, wake recategorization, and Simultaneous Converging Instrument Approaches.

Through the JAT, the FAA has gained industry understanding and trust for our post-operational benefit methodology. The one benefit not necessarily used as a meaningful measure by the airline community is the valuation of passenger travel time. Per Department of Transportation guidance, the FAA applies passenger travel time savings to projected flight delay savings.

Key Metrics

Metrics driving NextGen benefits include:

  • Throughput
  • Flight time, including predictability
  • Taxi-out time
  • Arrival performance
  • Fuel burn
  • Gate departure delay
  • Completion Factor

Delay savings are the result of measured changes in throughput or shorter routes. Additional fuel savings are derived from improved flight profiles. To compare before and after NextGen implementations, calculating the above measures requires normalization for changes in demand, weather and configurations.

Beyond the JAT, the FAA has completed post-operational analyses for more than 10 capabilities across 60 sites. In total, the FAA estimates that NextGen implementations from 2010 through 2019 have accrued over $7 billion in benefits to the aviation community and society.

The FAA continues to work with the aviation community to build agreement on the value of NextGen and prioritize areas for further improvement.

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Additional Information

Total Achieved Benefits

Between 2010 and 2019 implemented capabilities generated $7 Billion in benefits. (in 2019 dollars)

Achieved Benefits by Type

Benefits of Implemented Capabilities to Date. Values provided in long description.

* Per DOT guidance, the FAA values benefits using not only aircraft operating cost savings, but also passenger travel time savings.

Achieved Benefits by Year by Type

Of the $7 billion in accrued benefits, the graph below depicts the amount of benefits accrued each year from 2010 to 2019 by type of benefit. Read more

Benefit 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Safety $39 M $19 M $2 M $66 M $39 M $41 M $39 M $39 M $40 M $41 M
Fuel Savings $14 M $21 M $47 M $53 M $83 M $164 M $194 M $213 M $228 M $237 M
Aircraft Operating Cost Savings $17 M $32 M $106 M $110 M $131 M $203 M $238 M $235 M $226 M $214 M
Passenger Travel Time Savings $34 M $75 M $292 M $300 M $328 M $473 M $608 M $640 M $689 M $723 M

Achieved Benefits by Year by Domain

Of the $7 billion in accrued benefits, the graph below depicts the amount of benefits accrued each year from 2010 to 2019 by type of domain of the capabilities measured. Read more

Benefit 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Communication 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.46 26.65 54.01 86.66
Navigation 61.05 69.41 220.78 237.95 294.05 413.28 515.98 485.26 483.61
Surveillance 43.99 23.81 3.66 74.33 47.04 49.02 47.08 45.72 44.17
Automation 1.04 54.96 213.78 214.84 183.84 186.82 234.79 246.65 240.16
Separation 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.10 221.97 245.22 280.42 284.75

Maximizing NextGen Benefits

*Projected benefits do not include the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Benefits from NextGen have the potential to grow from $7 billion in 2019 to $100 billion by the early 2030s through FAA implementations and industry equipping aircraft and training crews. Operationalizing NextGen places expectations on both industry responsibilities (including ADS-B, Data Comm, PBN, and Airline Data) and FAA Implementations (including TBFM, Data Comm, PBN, and SWIM) to realize the maximum possible benefits.

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