What is NextGEN?
The FAA, in collaboration with industry, is deploying NextGen procedures and technology on the ground, in the air, at air traffic control facilities and in the cockpit. So, too, is the agency writing and enacting the policies that govern these advances. These improvements represent a widespread, transformative change in the management and operation of the way we fly. NextGen capitalizes on new and existing technologies, including satellite navigation and digital communications, to enhance safety, reduce delays, save fuel and reduce aviation’s adverse environmental impact.

International Harmonization
From the beginning of NextGen, the FAA has placed a high priority on collaborating with other government agencies and international organizations in the development and implementation of air traffic management (ATM) advances worldwide.

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The FAA has mandated that aircraft flying in most controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B Out — the ability to broadcast their position to the ADS-B network — by January 1, 2020. ADS-B Out avionics use onboard navigation equipment to derive an aircraft’s position, which is then broadcast for air traffic control services and for use by other aircraft.


Datalink allows some communications to move off the voice channel and provides a verifiable record, reducing communication errors. It also allows increased air traffic efficiency by reducing the time spent on routine tasks, such as communications transfers. The FAA deployed data communications as part of the FANS program in oceanic airspace. Boeing and Airbus developed integrated communication and navigation capabilities (FANS 1 and FANS A, respectively), providing a pilot-contoller datalink and the ability to send surveillance data from the aircraft to the ATC system through Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Contract.


Performance Based Navigation (PBN) delivers new routes and procedures that primarily use satellite-based navigation and on-board aircraft equipment to navigate with greater precision and accuracy and can provide benefits through all phases of flight. It provides a basis for designing and implementing automated flight paths, airspace redesign and obstacle clearance. PBN benefits include shorter, more direct flight paths, improved airport arrival rates, enhanced controller productivity, increased safety due to repeatable, predictable flight paths, fuel savings and a reduction in aviation’s adverse environmental impact. This key element of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) provides a framework for defining performance requirements in navigation specifications.