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Collaborating for Success

NextGen's International Mission

The Office of NextGen's international mission is to promote interoperable global air traffic modernization by harmonizing global standards and guidelines that are compatible with NextGen technologies and procedures. We work to communicate the purpose and focus of NextGen internationally, and to ensure that NextGen is central to the FAA's international strategy and mission.

NextGen's International Objectives

NextGen accomplishes its international mission by successfully completing these objectives:

  • Research and Development (R&D) Collaboration: Work collaboratively through formalized agreements with our partners and through academic conferences and workshops to begin harmonization at the early stages of R&D to influence future work at the global level.
  • Aviation Standards Leadership: Work with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), international partners and industry to ensure that global procedures and equipage are interoperable with U.S. operators through global standards, and that global standards are harmonized with NextGen requirements.
  • Global Harmonization and Interoperability: Work with ICAO, international partners and industry to advance air traffic management (ATM) modernization in a harmonized and interoperable manner through means other than R&D and Standards. This can include bilateral and regional relationships, technical working papers, and policy development at regional and global meetings.

NextGen International Strategy

Technology is driving the need to leverage innovative approaches and to accommodate future aviation systems. The aviation industry is currently experiencing a technological and operational evolution in which aircraft; operators, airports and stakeholders are increasingly more dependent on digital infrastructures and innovative solutions to solve legacy constraints. This evolution has created interconnectivity and interdependence across the global aviation system. Through international leadership, the Office of NextGen supports the FAA in ensuring these emerging issues are appropriately addressed to optimize safety and efficiency.

The NextGen International Strategy is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate significant global, regional and domestic issues as they arise and encompasses three major segments that show the development of the international strategy:

  1. International Mission and Objectives for NextGen that align to the congressional mandate for global interoperability, the Department of Transportation Strategic Plan and the FAA International Strategy
  2. International Strategy Development that aligns to the FAA International Strategy and NextGen policy/strategic plans
  3. International Strategy Implementation that successfully accomplishes the NextGen mission and goals, and is complimentary to FAA LOB and SO work plans. This section also provides a three-year outlook of goals and plans for each strategic partner.

International Strategy Implementation

The NextGen International Strategy is implemented through engaging our partners on relevant and timely harmonization topics. Engagement is based on the strategy development and is categorized by tiers.

Tier I

These are countries or organizations with whom the FAA has formalized international agreements for Research & Development (R&D) or modernization cooperation. They have a high maturity in their modernization and look to work with us in harmonization and global influence. Given the amount of traffic, growth and global influence, it is imperative that NextGen works with these countries or organizations. We work closely with the Office of International Affairs (API) and ATO to move modernization into joint implementation. Failure to harmonize with members of this tier greatly affects global interoperability and the U.S. aviation industry.

Tier I countries or organizations include:

  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Singapore

Tier II

These countries or organizations are advancing, and may hold regional influence NextGen can leverage to promote FAA priorities. We may not have formalized international R&D agreements with these countries, but may be involved in partnerships through other U.S. Government (USG) agencies. NextGen works closely with API and ATO to advance the priorities we are implementing domestically and to aid Tier II members with development and implementation. Ensuring that this tier matures modernization programs harmonized and interoperable with NextGen creates efficiencies for the U.S. aviation industry and influences region-to-region operations.

Tier II countries or organizations include:

  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emerates

Tier III

These countries or organizations are establishing air traffic management (ATM) modernization programs. The FAA may not have formalized international R&D agreements with these countries or organizations, but may be involved in partnerships through other USG agencies. NextGen works primarily through workshops, demonstrations and partnership programs to share NextGen plans and lessons learned as we support Tier III members in building their modernization presence.

Tier III countries or organizations include:

  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • China
  • India
  • Russia

Tier IV

This tier is reserved for those countries, organizations, academic/research institutions or activities that are not specifically identified in NextGen International Strategy; but do have a pivotal role in accomplishing our objectives of R&D, standards and global harmonization to successfully complete our Mission.

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