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 (ATCT), terminal radar approach control (TRACON) facilities and air route traffic control centers (ARTCC) 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 (ICAO). 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 Airspace System (NAS) to make air travel more convenient and dependable.
All results are reported by Fiscal Year (FY), October 1 — September 30, or Calendar Year (CY).
- 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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Estimated quantity of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) emitted by commercial aircraft.
|NAS-Wide Energy Efficiency
Kilograms per Kilometer
Estimated fuel Burn in kilograms per kilometer
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 Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) 65 decibels (dB).
As described by ICAO: 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||2014|
LPV & LP Access at GA Airports without ILS
Count of Airports
Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) & Localizer Performance (LP) data gathered from the FAA Global Navigation Satellite Systems Group.
Airport information gathered from the General Aviation Airports: A National Asset study.
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 Instrument Landing System (ILS) that have an LPV or LP procedure in the indicated year.
Percent of Qualified GA Airports with LPV or LP Access
LPV guidance & LP data gathered from the FAA Global Navigation Satellite Systems Group.
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.
As described by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): A global Air Traffic Management (ATM) 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.