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Advisory Committee Approves Critical NextGen Strategy Document Supporting Near-Term Implementations
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
by: RTCA Staff

Section: RTCA News

In its final meeting of 2016, the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) approved a final report on the development of a 15-year plan for deployment of PBN that identifies and prioritizes the tools and technologies that are ground- vs. aircraft-based in 5-year increments. The document compliments the Committee’s near-term NextGen efforts of establishing priorities and the consensus-based strategies for implementing NextGen capabilities.

In his opening comments at the meeting, NAC Chair Richard Anderson stated that, “the Committee serves as an effective venue for the FAA and industry to collaborate on the investments being made to implement NextGen.” This is being carried out by the joint FAA-Industry NextGen Integration Working Group teams covering the four priority areas of DataComm, Multiple Runway Operations, PBN and Surface, that are tracking 2016 implementation commitments, and collaborating on work for 2017-2019.

The meeting, attended by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, along with Victoria Wassmer, Deputy Administrator & Chief NextGen Officer serving as the Designated Federal Official, was held at the JetBlue University facility in Orlando, FL. Continuing the NAC’s laser focus on removing barriers to aircraft operator equipage to utilize NextGen capabilities, the meeting included presentations from American, SkyWest and United Airlines highlighting their respective plans and progress toward full equipage.

NAC members taking a tour of Harris Facilities in Melbourne, FL

The NAC also endorsed the industry-FAA Joint Analysis Team’s (JAT) findings of the assessment of performance improvements attributable to the implementation of selected NextGen capabilities of the North Texas Metroplex and Denver Established on RNP (EoR) procedures.

The JAT found that new procedures at the North Texas Metroplex served as an enabler for increased Time Based Flow Management forecasting accuracy, provided infrastructure for new tools, and improved safety. Arrivals experience slightly increased flight distance within 300nm, but slightly reduced time along with clearly reduced level segments and increased continuous descents, particularly for DFW.

At Denver, the JAT identified that the EoR procedure has proven to be an important enabler for growth of utilization of efficient PBN approaches. To date, EoR has increased utilization of RNP AR approaches by 12%, from 5.8% of arrivals to 6.6% of arrivals. If an additional waiver is granted, EoR is expected to enable an increase up to 7.1% of arrivals executing RNP AR approaches.

For more information on the NAC and the actions from the recent meeting see the NAC Page.