FAA Funding Scrutinized In Light Of NextGen Lags

By John Croft
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 16, 2013

The FAA appears to be on the verge of a second “reset” of its NextGen airspace modernization plan, based on a fresh set of recommendations to be delivered on Sept. 19 by the RTCA's NextGen Advisory Committee.

An earlier reprioritization came in 2010, when a government and industry group under the auspices of RTCA's Task Force 5 delivered 32 consensus recommendations for how the FAA could improve its NextGen program in the near-term (3-5 years). This advice was incorporated into the safety agency's plans. Included were incentives to allow airlines to reap more operational use from technology already installed on their aircraft as a quid pro quo for making further investments in communications, navigation and surveillance equipment that will be required to transition to a satellite-based National Airspace System by 2025.

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