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NextGen Portfolio - Improved Approaches and Low-Visibility Operations

Improved Approaches and Low-Visibility Operations include capabilities designed to increase airport approach and arrival access and flexibility. This will be accomplished through a combination of procedural changes, improved aircraft capabilities, and improved precision approach guidance. Vertical navigation and other flight deck capabilities provide access to more runways when visibility is low, leading to increased throughput and reduced delay. Ground Based Augmentation Systems will provide improved precision-approach guidance to flight crews and enhance satellite navigation capabilities.

Benefits

  • Access

    Provides an operating environment ensuring all airspace users have right of access to the air traffic management resources they need to meet their specific operational requirements, and the shared use of airspace by different users can be achieved safely. The global air traffic management system should ensure equity for all users that have access to a given airspace or service.

  • Capacity

    Takes advantage of the inherent capacity to meet airspace user demands at peak times and locations while minimizing restrictions on traffic flow. To respond to future growth, capacity must increase, along with corresponding increases in efficiency, flexibility, and predictability, while ensuring that there are no adverse impacts on safety and giving due consideration to the environment. The air traffic management system must be resilient to service disruption and the resulting temporary loss of capacity.

Implemented Capabilities and Locations

Facility Code Definitions

NextGen Implementation Plan (PDF)

  • Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) for Approach
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) for Takeoff
    • Available NAS-wide

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) to 100 Feet
    • Any airport with an instrument approach can accept an EFVS equipped aircraft at lower minima.

    Information as of May 23, 2018

  • Expanded Low-Visibility Operations Using Lower Runway Visual Range Minima
    • 20 Core Airports (ATL, BOS, BWI, CLT, DCA, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, LGA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PHL, SEA, SFO, SLC, TPA)
    • 54 Non-Core Airports (ALB, ANC, AUS, BDL, BLI, BNA, BOI, BTR, CHS, CLE, CMH, COS, DAL, DLH, DSM, EUG, FAI, FAT, GEG, GSP, GTF, HOU, HPN, ICT, IND, ISP, JAN, JAX, LCK, LIT, MCI, MHT, MSN, MSY, OAK, OKC, OMA, PAE, PDX, PIE, PIT, PVD, PWM, RDU, RFD, RIC, ROC, SDF, SJC, SMF, SWF, SYR, TUL, TYS)

    Information as of April 27, 2017

  • Ground Based Augmentation System Category I Non-Federal System Approval

    Information as of November 30, 2017

  • Tailored Arrivals

    Information as of November 30, 2017

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