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Mike Whitaker: FAA, Aviation Committee Develop Framework to Accelerate ‘NextGen’ Implementation

Michael Whitaker
Michael Whitaker

The Federal Aviation Administration has collaborated with a panel of aviation industry representatives to develop a three-year plan to implement the NextGen satellite-based air traffic control system.

FAA and the NextGen Advisory Committee on Wednesday released their NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan that outlines initiatives for managing multiple runways, navigation performance and data communications, FAA said Wednesday.

Mike Whitaker, FAA deputy administrator, said the framework aims to boost air transportation safety, reduce flight delays and improve predictability in aircraft operations.

The plan calls for the agency to use multiple runway systems at 36 airports throughout the U.S., as well as to adopt performance-based navigation models in Atlanta, Charlotte and Northern Carolina.

FAA also seeks to convert the communications infrastructure used by airlines, pilots and air traffic controllers into a digital format.

MITRE conducted an independent review of the NextGen program and recommended strategies to refine air traffic management initiatives.

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