You may have heard me talking about NextGen, a comprehensive overhaul of our national airspace system. Today, we’re announcing final regulations to aircraft manufacturers for implementing NextGen's surveillance capability, called ADS-B.
NextGen is important for the convenience, dependability, sustainability, and safety of your air travel. And it is happening--now.
Download the NextGen Implementation Plan at http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/nextgen/media/NGIP_3-2010.pdf
regulations set clear performance requirements for the electronics
that will allow aircraft to be tracked with greater precision and
accuracy. And by 2020, all aircraft flying over the United States will
be broadcasting an ADS-B signal.
Since December 2009, our new satellite-based airline tracking system, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), has made air traffic control services available in an area over the Gulf of Mexico where these services had never been possible before.
And since then we’ve been testing this new capability in the high-traffic airspace over Philadelphia, over Louisville, Kentucky, and over Juneau, Alaska, where there’s little or no radar today.
ADS-B will allow pilots to get the same information as air traffic controllers and see the same things on their screens. Pilots will know where aircraft are located and how close one plane is to another. They'll have a clearer picture of what’s happening in the air or on the ground--even in low visibility.
NextGen is about getting the right information to the right people at the right time to help them make better decisions. It will make our aircraft safer, our runways and taxiways less congested, our skies quieter, and our carbon footprint smaller.
Simply put, NextGen will be a better way of doing business. And that better way is no longer just around the corner.
It's here. Today.