FAA says it has implemented its ‘NextGen” plan to speed up Dallas-Fort Worth air traffic
November 19, 2014
Aviation Blog Dallas News.com
The Federal Aviation Administration has finished implementing its “NextGen” project for North Texas, with the goal to speed up air traffic into and out of the area’s airports, the agency said Wednesday. It said the system “will deliver more on-time flights for passengers while reducing pollution by thousands of metric tons each year.”
NextGen, which uses satellite-based technology to track and guide airplanes, is designed to allow more direct paths into airports. When working as planned, the system allows airplanes to descend at a somewhat continuous rate rather than the stair-stepping at different altitudes, and to go on a more direct path rather than from radar beacon to radar beacon.
“Using NextGen satellite-based technology the FAA and its workforce have collaborated with the industry to convert the busy ad complex airspace around North Texas into some of the most efficient in the nation,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a press release.
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