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Mike Whitaker Updates Congress On FAA NextGen Project

Federal aviation administration (FAA)Mike Whitaker, deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, has submitted a progress report on the agency’s NextGen air transportation system project to Congress, GCN reported Monday.

GCN reports the FAA is working to incorporate satellite and digital technologies into the U.S. air traffic control system with the goal of making air travel safer and more efficient.

“We have strengthened our partnerships with key stakeholders, coming to an agreement on a set of near-term capabilities that both the FAA and industry will concentrate on over the next three years,” Whitaker said, according to GCN.

The agency has finished work to install a ground infrastructure for the ADS-B surveillance platform designed to use GPS data to locate an aircraft as well as send flight, weather and traffic information to pilots.

According to the article, an en-route automation modernization system is scheduled to be in full operation at 20 air route traffic control facilities across the U.S. by mid-2015.

FAA aims to deploy a system for managing low-altitude airport traffic by the end of 2016, GCN reports.

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