The NextGen Advisory Committee NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan CY 2019–2021 (PDF), published in June 2019, contains FAA-industry agreed milestones through 2021 in four focus areas: Multiple Runway Operations, Performance Based Navigation, Surface and Data Sharing, and Data Communications. The Northeast Corridor (NEC), the busy airspace between Washington, D.C., and Boston that includes Philadelphia and New York City, and associated airspace, is also included in the plan as an additional NextGen Priority area.
In February 2017, the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) voted to make the Northeast Corridor a NextGen Priority. The FAA, together with the NAC is focused on implementing NextGen in the Northeast Corridor, recognizing that making continuous improvements to the system in the Northeast operationally benefits the entire U.S. aviation system. Commitments are focused on the near-term goal to improve the execution of today’s operations, taking a continuous improvement approach and using agreed-upon metrics.
The FAA and industry agree to continue collaborating through the NAC and update the commitments each year. The consensus of the FAA and stakeholders represented on the NAC is that successful implementation of the commitments will help shape the future of NextGen and contribute to its long-term viability.
Both the FAA and industry have identified commitments within each of the focus areas and the Northeast Corridor to increase safety, reduce aviation's impact on the environment, enhance controller productivity, and increase predictability, airspace capacity, and efficiency. The FAA and industry will continue to monitor joint progress and be agile and flexible to make necessary adjustments to commitments. The FAA also has a monitoring and oversight process (PDF) detailing FAA’s continued engagement with the NAC. The FAA and industry are committed to jointly evaluating the effects of these commitments on the NAS, led by the work of a Joint Analysis Team (JAT). This helps the FAA and industry understand the value of implementations in this plan.
Previous reports can be viewed at: NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan, 2014-2017 (PDF), NextGen Priorities October 2015 Joint Implementation Plan Update (PDF), and NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan 2017-2019 (PDF).
As of March 21, 2019
Completed: Wake Recategorization at HNL in Q4-2018
Completed: Assessment of Time Based Separation Concept for Use in Q4-2018
Completed: TBFM Decision Support Tools — Integrated Departure Arrival Capability (IDAC) — 1 Site in Q4-2018
Completed: Procedures — Environmental Review for the Use of Dispersal Headings for LGA 13 Departures in Q4-2018
Completed: Procedures — Feasibility Study for the Modified Missed Approach for LGA 22 in Q4-2018
Completed: Tactical — Airspace Users to Complete Training to Support Capping and Tunneling for Departures/Arrivals to/from the NEC in Q4-2018
Completed: Airports — PHL Runway 9R/27L Extension in Q4-2018
Completed: Procedures — Participate in Community Engagement for Dispersal Headings for LGA 13 Departures in Q4-2018
Completed: Procedures — Participate in Feasibility Study for the Modified Missed Approach for LGA 22 in Q4-2018
Completed: Procedures — Provide Expertise to Support the Safety Assessment of Simultaneous Converging Instrument Approaches (SCIA) Operations with RNAV for PHL 9R and 35 in Q4-2018
Completed: Procedures — Safety Assessment of SCIA Operations with RNAV for PHL 9R and 35 in Q4-2018
Multiple Runway Operations
To increase airport efficiency and reduce flight delays through the use of Multiple Runway Operations (MRO), the FAA and industry jointly commit to multiple projects nationwide. MRO capabilities improve access to runways and increase basic runway capacity and throughput by reducing aircraft separation standards. Improved access will enable more arrivals and/or departures during instrument meteorological conditions, which will increase efficiency and reduce flight delays.
Performance Based Navigation
With the new PBN NAS Navigation Strategy (PDF), the FAA will deliver new routes and procedures that primarily use satellite-based navigation and onboard aircraft equipment to navigate with greater precision and accuracy. The FAA will continue to improve air traffic flow in metropolitan areas and increase use of time based flow management decision support tools. The FAA commits to implementing multiple capabilities nationwide.
Surface Operations and Data Sharing
The FAA commits to implementing surface improvements through the development and deployment of Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), by establishing a forum for meaningful engagement throughout the deployment, and by exchanging more data with additional stakeholders. The goal of these enhancements is to measurably increase predictability and provide actionable and measurable surface efficiency improvements.
Data Communications (Data Comm) will provide direct digital communications services between pilots and air traffic controllers and enhance air traffic control information to airline operations centers. The capabilities will enhance safety by reducing communication errors, increasing controller productivity, increasing airspace capacity and efficiency while reducing delays, fuel burn and carbon emissions at towers nationwide. Data Comm is critical to the success of NextGen, enabling efficiencies not possible with the current voice system.
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) covers the most congested airports and airspace in the United States, and has a significant effect on the daily operations of the national aviation system. Nearly 50 percent of aviation delays in the entire U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) are attributable to the Northeast Corridor. The commitments in this report identify near-term initiatives that will enhance operations and are focused on the NAC's stated goal to improve execution of today's operations. Given the complex and compact nature of NEC operations, and its connection to the rest of the NAS, single operational improvements can have significant savings in time and during weather events. These enhancements establish a foundation and framework for longer-term effective implementation of NextGen using time-based management techniques and precise repeatable Performance Based Navigation procedures for a more predictable and efficient operation.
Joint Analysis Team (JAT) Results
The Joint Analysis Team, a group of FAA and industry experts operating under the NextGen Advisory Committee, examines performance impacts and benefits that can be attributed to the implementation of NextGen capabilities.