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Performance Reporting

Integrating NextGen capabilities to transform the NAS is a complex effort that requires the FAA to continuously measure and report our progress. NextGen Performance Reporting captures the quantitative benefits of implemented capabilities focusing on safety, throughput, and flight efficiency measures. The achieved benefits measured thus far represent key implementations but are a small portion of the expected future benefits. As the measurable programs continue to build on the NextGen infrastructure, benefits are expected to grow exponentially. Other implemented capabilities are providing benefits that are not yet measured or still too difficult to quantify, such as Automated Terminal Proximity Alert (ATPA), Converging Runway Decision Aid (CRDA), RECAT Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT), additional RNP AR at select sites, and System-Wide Information Management (SWIM). Find out where these and other capabilities have been implemented at an airport near you.

Since December 2015, the FAA and the aviation community have collaborated through the Joint Analysis Team (JAT) to form a common consensus on the benefits of key NextGen programs including Optimized Profile Descents (OPDs), Wake Recategorization, the North Texas Metroplex, Established on RNP (EOR), Tower Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), En Route Departure Capability (EDC), Integrated Departure and Arrival Control (IDAC), and Simultaneous Converging Instrument Approaches (SCIA). Through the JAT, the FAA has gained industry understanding and trust for our post-operational benefit methodology. The one benefit area not necessarily accepted by the aviation community is the valuation of passenger travel time. Per Department of Transportation guidance, the FAA applies passenger travel time savings to projected delay savings.

Beyond the JAT, the FAA has completed post operational analysis for more than 10 capabilities across 60 sites. In total, the FAA estimates that NextGen implementations from 2010 through 2018 have accrued $6 billion in benefits to the aviation community and society. The FAA continues to work with the aviation community to build consensus on the value of NextGen improvements and prioritize areas for further improvement.

Total Achieved Benefits

Between 2010 and 2018 implemented capabilities generated $6 Billion in benefits. (in 2018 dollars)

Achieved Benefits by Type

Benefits of Implemented Capabilities to Date

* 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 $6 billion in accrued benefits, the graph below depicts the amount of benefits accrued each year from 2010 to 2018 by type of benefit. Read more

Benefit 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Safety 44 23 3 73 46 48 46 45 43
Fuel Savings 13 20 46 52 75 157 189 202 208
Aircraft Operating Cost Savings 16 31 103 107 133 204 238 235 226
Passenger Travel Time Savings 33 74 287 295 321 463 596 630 663

Achieved Benefits by Year by Domain

Of the $6 billion in accrued benefits, the graph below depicts the amount of benefits accrued each year from 2010 to 2018 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

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