Benefits of NextGen
The FAA believes the increasing congestion within the air transport system of America would likely cost the economy lots of money if left unaddressed. That is why NextGen system was developed so as to reduce gridlock, maintain safety and deal with the higher traffic loads in future. It replaces the outdated ground-based technology with innovative satellite-based technologies.
1. Better flight paths
Using NextGen, most dispatchers and pilots will have the capability of choosing their own flight paths, instead of following the current highway-like path in the air. All airplanes will transmit data and get accurate information concerning the time that they will cross major points on their flight paths. The air traffic controllers at the airport and the pilots will both have similar information, transmitted through data communications.
2. Improves decision making
Major capacity imbalances and demand will be collaboratively worked on by the flight operations and air traffic controllers. The enhanced volume, scope and broader distribution of key information through SWIM will enhance decision making. In addition, NextGen will allow a large number of civil aviation employees to participate in making decisions.
3. Reduces weather impact
The weather impact on all flight operations is going to be greatly reduced by using enhanced information sharing due to NextGen. There is also better technology for sensing and mitigating the weather impacts so as to enhance weather forecasts. Better forecasts and greater automation with NextGen will reduce traffic restrictions and airspace limitations.
4. Better use of airports
NextGen offers many new procedures that are aimed at improving the surface movements at airports and lessen spacing. All these factors contribute to a better management of the general flow in busy airspaces. This helps to offer utmost use of resources and busy airports.
Finally, NextGen technology will help in shortening routes, reducing traffic delays and saving both fuel and time.