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NextGen Priorities

Under the 2017 NextGen Advisory Committee Charter, the FAA is pleased to report the successful implementation of 157 priorities as of September 2017, advancing work at target locations and producing useful and measurable benefits to industry and the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The last NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan, 2017-2019 (PDF) was published in October 2016 and contained FAA-industry agreed milestones through 2019 in four focus areas: Multiple Runway Operations, Surface Operations and Data Sharing, Data Communications, and Performance Based Navigation. The 2017 Joint Implementation Plan Update (PDF) includes a new NextGen Priority area, the Northeast Corridor (NEC), the busy airspace between Washington, D.C., and Boston that includes Philadelphia and New York City, and associated airspace.

Northest Corridor

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. The commitments herein 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 keep collaborating through the NAC to update the commitments each year and roll the plan forward biannually. The consensus of the FAA and stakeholders represented on the NAC is that successful implementation of these commitments will help shape the future of NextGen and contribute to its long-term viability.

Both the FAA and industry have identified specific commitments within each of the focus areas 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. For additional information please see the Reference Guide. 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) and NextGen Priorities October 2015 Joint Implementation Plan Update (PDF), and NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan 2017-2019 (PDF).

Recent Updates

As of August 31, 2018

Multiple Runway Operations

Completed: Wake Recategorization at DTW in Q1-2018

Completed: Wake Recategorization at PHX and SAT in Q3-2018

Data Communications

Completed: Departure Clearance Tower Service Initial Operating Capability at RNO in Q1-2018

Completed: Departure Clearance Tower Service Initial Operating Capability at CMH in Q2-2018

Completed: Departure Clearance Tower Service Initial Operating Capability at RSW in Q2-2018

Completed: Departure Clearance Tower Service Initial Operating Capability at CHS in Q2-2018

Completed: Departure Clearance Tower Service Initial Operating Capability at BUF in Q2-2018

Northeast Corridor

Completed: Procedures — Update the Minima for Existing Simultaneous Converging Instrument Approaches (SCIA) Procedure to PHL 9R and 17 in Q3-2018

Completed: Tools — Implement Surface Visualization Tool (SVT) (ZBW) in Q2-2018

Completed: Tools — Implement En Route Departure Capability (EDC) in Q2-2018

Completed: Procedures — Atlantic Coast Routes: Design Validation of Eastern Seaboard High-Altitude PBN Routes, Including SID/STAR Connectivity in Q2-2018

Completed: Procedures — Assessment for Early TBFM Pre-Departure Scheduling in Q2-2018

Completed: Procedures — Design and Testing for Vertical Climb Escape Route for TEB/HPN in Q1-2018

Completed: Procedures — Design PBN Arrival and Departure Procedures for NY Metro Area Airports from ZNY Oceanic in Q1-2018

Completed: Procedures — Participate in Design Activities Associated with the New PBN Arrival and Departure Procedures for the ZNY Oceanic Transition Sectors at ZNY in Q1-2018

Completed: Airports — JFK Runway 4R/22L Rehabilitation and Delay Reduction Taxiway Improvements in Q1-2018

Select a Focus Area

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 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.


Northeast Corridor

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.


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