On any given day, more than 85,000 flights are in the skies in the United States. Only one-third of those operations are commercial carriers. The remaining two-thirds include general aviation, with private planes and business jets, air taxi flights, military flights and air cargo flights. This translates into roughly 5,000 planes in the skies above the United States at any given moment. More than 15,000 federal air traffic controllers in airport traffic control towers, terminal radar approach control facilities and air route traffic control centers guide pilots through the system. These controllers provide air navigation services to aircraft in domestic airspace and 24.6 million square miles of international oceanic airspace delegated to the United States by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The FAA’s mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world, and NextGen is the FAA’s comprehensive overhaul of the National Aviation System to make air travel more convenient and dependable.

All results are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30, or Calendar Year (CY).

NextGen Implementation Plan Portfolio

Environment and Energy
Describes enabling activities leading to the establishment and implementation of the NextGen Environmental Management System, the strategy for ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and technologies that support NextGen environmental goals.

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Performance Indicator (CY) 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
CO2 Emissions

Estimated quantity of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emitted by aircraft engines.

2.27×1011 2.30×1011 2.34×1011 2.13×1011 2.01×1011 2.11×1011 2.16×1011 1.73×1011
NAS-Wide Energy Efficiency
Kilograms per Kilometer

Estimated fuel Burn in kilograms per kilometer

4.15 4.14 4.16 4.14 4.08 4.12 4.10 4.06
Noise Exposure
Number of People

Number of persons exposed to significant aircraft noise (regardless of whether their houses or apartments have been sound-insulated). Significant aircraft noise levels are currently defined as values greater than or equal to 65 decibels (dB) Day Night Sound Level (DNL).

498,000 480,000 466,000 383,000 292,000 318,000 315,000 321,000

High Low

The Air Traffic Management (ATM) should contribute to the protection of the environment by considering noise, gaseous emissions and other environmental issues in the implementation and operation of the global ATM system.

Performance Indicator (FY) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
LPV & LP Access at GA Airports without ILS
Count of Airports

The count of national, regional, local and basic GA airports (as defined in the 2012 FAA General Aviation Airports: A National Asset study) without an ILS that have an LPV or LP procedure in the indicated year.

0 2 19 83 163 278 367 517 654 813 946
Percent of Qualified GA Airports with LPV or LP Access
Cumulative Percent

The cumulative percent of qualified national, regional, local and basic GA airports (as defined in the 2012 FAA General Aviation Airports: A National Asset study) with an LPV or LP procedure.

0.10 0.70 3.80 9.60 15.70 23.50 32.10 41.50 49.90 58.70 65.40

High Low

A global Air Traffic Management system should provide an operating environment that ensures all airspace users have right of access to the resources needed to meet their specific operational requirements and that the shared use of airspace by different users can be achieved safely.