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NextGen Priorities – Multiple Runway Operations

The efficiency of parallel runways, particularly those that are closely spaced, has been limited by the interplay of wake vortices with nearby aircraft. Multiple Runway Operations (MRO) capabilities improve access to these runways and can increase basic runway capacity and throughput by reducing separation between aircraft based on improved wake categorization standards. Improved access will enable more arrivals and/or departures during instrument meteorological conditions, which will increase efficiency and reduce flight delays. These commitments are a subset of the overall series of programs and activities the FAA has planned to address these issues.

Joint Analysis Team Findings

The Joint Analysis Team (JAT) performed the evaluation of Wake Recategorization (Wake Recat) implementations at Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT), O'Hare International Airport (ORD), and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Full details on methodology and findings can be found in the JAT Performance Assessment of Wake ReCat report.

An additional study was performed on Wake Recat implementations at Indianapolis (IND) and Philadelphia (PHL). Full details on methodology and findings can be found in the Joint Analysis Team: Performance Assessment of Wake ReCat in Indianapolis and Philadelphia and Fuel Analysis for North Texas Metroplex report.

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Implementation Commitment

Implementation Commitment
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Amend Depend Runway Separation Order 7110.308A Implemented
  • SFO
    ×

    This order was approved on 6/30/17, and went into effect 7/25/17.

Amend Dependent Runway Separations (Runways > 4300') Implemented
  • CVG
  • MEM
  • PHX
  • SDF
Amend National Standards for Vertical Navigation (VNAV) for Simultaneous Independent Parallel Approaches Removed
  • VNAV
    ×

    The FAA and NAC agreed to remove this milestone.

Amend Standards for Simultaneous Independent Approaches, Triples Implemented
  • ORD
Implemented
  • ATL
  • IAD
Dependent Parallel Operations (2500'–3600') Implemented
  • DAL
    ×

    Reason for date change at DAL: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

  • JFK
    ×

    Reason for date change at JFK: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

  • MEM
    ×

    Reason for date change at MEM: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

  • MSP
    ×

    Reason for date change at MSP: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

  • PDX
    ×

    Reason for date change at PDX: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

  • RDU
    ×

    Reason for date change at RDU: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

  • SEA
    ×

    Reason for date change at SEA: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2015 Revised date

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

Dual Independent Parallel Operations Implemented
  • ATL
Dual Independent Parallel Operations with Offset Implemented
  • DTW
    ×

    Reason for date change at DTW: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q3 2015 Revised date

    Q3 2017 Baseline date

Implemented
  • ORD
Wake Recategorization Implemented
  • ATL
  • CVG
Implemented
  • HOU
  • IAH
Implemented
  • CLT
  • EWR
  • JFK
  • LGA
Implemented
  • MDW
  • ORD
Implemented
  • DEN
Implemented
  • IND
    ×

    Reason for date change at IND: Wake Recategorization at IND moved from Q2 2017 to Q1 2016 due to implementation readiness.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q1 2016 Revised date

    Q2 2017 Baseline date

Implemented
  • SFO
    ×

    Reason for date change at SFO: Delay was necessary due to resource constraints associated with finishing Metroplex work, preparing for the shift in winter weather traffic flows, and training for the impact of the Super Bowl on NCT air traffic operations.

    date change behind schedule

    Q3 2015 Baseline date

    Q2 2016 Revised date

Implemented
  • ANC
    ×

    Reason for date change at ANC: Wake recategorization at ANC was operational briefly in June but suspended to correct automation issues that affect satellite airports.

    date change behind schedule

    Q2 2016 Baseline date

    Q3 2016 Revised date

  • LAX
Implemented
  • PHL
    ×

    Reason for date change at PHL: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2016 Revised date

    Q4 2018 Baseline date

Implemented
  • MSP
    ×

    Reason for date change at MSP: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q1 2017 Revised date

    Q2 2017 Baseline date

Implemented
  • MIA
Implemented
  • DTW
    ×

    Reason for date change at DTW: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q1 2018 Revised date

    Q4 2018 Baseline date

Implemented
  • PHX
    ×

    Reason for date change at PHX: Operational impacts on air traffic facilities

    date change behind schedule

    Q4 2017 Baseline date

    Q3 2018 Revised date

  • SAT
    ×

    Reason for date change at SAT: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q3 2018 Revised date

    Q4 2018 Baseline date

Revised
  • IAD
    ×

    Reason for date change at IAD: Operational impacts on air traffic facilities

    date change behind schedule

    Q3 2017 Baseline date

    Q3 2018 Revised date

  • LAS
    ×

    Reason for date change at LAS: Operational impacts on air traffic facilities

    date change behind schedule

    Q4 2017 Baseline date

    Q3 2018 Revised date

On track
  • HNL
  • SEA
On track
  • BOS
  • DFW
Refer to the following text: Implemented Refer to the following text: On track Refer to the following text: New/Revised Refer to the following text: Delayed Refer to the following text: Dependent Refer to the following text: Removed

All dates are in calendar years.

Pre-Implementation Commitment

Pre-Implementation Commitment
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Assessment of Future Wake Recategorization Capabilities Implemented
  • Assessment
Assessment of Time Based Separation Concept for Use On track
Assessment to Implement Order 7110.308 and Dependent Parallel Operations (2500'-3600') Implemented
  • BOS
Benefits Assessment to Upgrade RECAT Sites to Phase II Implemented
Feasibility Assessment- Removal of Vertical Navigation Requirement for Simultaneous Independent Parallel Approaches Implemented
  • Feasibility Assessment
    ×

    Reason for date change at Feasibility Assessment: Completed prior to commitment date.

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2016 Revised date

    Q1 2017 Baseline date

Final Investment Decision for Wake Turbulence Mitigation for Departures (WTMD) Implemented
Safety Analysis for Wake Turbulence Mitigation for Arrivals - Procedures Implemented
  • DTW
  • PHL
Implemented
  • ATL
Safety Analysis of Order 7110.308 for Additional Airport Implemented
  • SFO
    19L, 19R
Refer to the following text: Implemented Refer to the following text: On track Refer to the following text: New/Revised Refer to the following text: Delayed Refer to the following text: Dependent Refer to the following text: Removed

All dates are in calendar years.

Industry Commitments

Industry Commitments
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Joint Analysis Team Performance Analysis Participation Implemented
  •  
Implemented
  • IND &
    PHL
    ×

    Reason for date change at IND &
    PHL
    : Completed prior to anticipated completion date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q1 2017 Revised date

    Q4 2017 Baseline date

Refer to the following text: Implemented Refer to the following text: On track Refer to the following text: New/Revised Refer to the following text: Delayed Refer to the following text: Dependent Refer to the following text: Removed

All dates are in calendar years.

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