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NextGen Advisory Committee Taking on Big Challenges
Thursday, March 9, 2017
by: RTCA Staff

Section: RTCA News

Under the leadership of Chairman Dave Bronczek, President & COO of FedEx Corporation, and Designated Federal Official, Victoria Wassmer, FAA Acting Deputy Administrator, the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) reached consensus in its recent meeting to move forward with a tasking to focus on implementing NextGen in the Northeast Corridor. During the Committee’s deliberations, members recognized that this is critical to making continuous improvements to the system in the NE. They highlighted the need for working through the technical, operational and community issues that must be identified up front and then mitigated through the NAC collaborative process.
The NAC also approved an Interim Report from the Enhanced Surveillance Task Group that is evaluating the needs and benefits of enhanced surveillance for oceanic airspace controlled by the FAA. Continuing its role in overseeing the Four Priority Teams working on implementations of DataComm, Multiple Runway Operations, Performance Based Navigation and Surface and Data Management, the Committee discussed the status, risk and plans for each of the teams.
The Committee also received briefings and discussed the FAA’s NextGen Plan, along with equipage plans by representatives from Alaska and UPS airlines, and Honeywell, as the avionics industry supply chain to support NextGen equipage.  
The NAC approved the recommendation developed by the Joint Analysis Team that evaluated the implementation of Wake Recategorization at Indianapolis and Philadelphia International Airports, and fuel impacts related to the implementation of the North Texas Metroplex:
Wake ReCat 
  • Indianapolis: >$2M in annual savings 
  • Philadelphia: approximately $800K in annual savings
North Texas Metroplex Fuel Analysis 
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth arrivals saved $4.5-6.5M annually from reduced level outs; but slightly increased overall fuel cost for Dallas Love Field
The 37-Member Committee that met on February 22nd was hosted by The MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia.
For additional information, see the NAC Page.