What’s your take on NextGen?

Posted on January 15th, 2013 by

What do you think about NextGen — the Next Generation Air Transportation System — and its impact on general aviation pilots? Think it’s the best thing to happen to flying in a while? Or is it just more government-mandated expense... Continue Reading →

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FIS-B: What every GA pilot always wanted (at least I do…)

Posted on November 7th, 2012 by

This is the 14th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots. The last discussion on Traffic Information Service–Broadcast (TIS-B) was a clear example of how the FAA... Continue Reading →

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The fizz on TIS

Posted on October 30th, 2012 by

This is the 13th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots. In my last post, ADS-B: Twice as nice, I spent a fair amount of time detailing... Continue Reading →

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ADS-B: Twice as nice

Posted on September 17th, 2012 by

This is the 12th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots. Are two systems better than one? For Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, the cornerstone of the Next Generation... Continue Reading →

Harris Corp. awarded NextGen contract

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by

Harris Corp. has been awarded a 15-year, $291 million contract to provide the communications network that will serve as the cornerstone of NextGen — the FAA’s initiative to transform the U.S. air traffic control system. Continue Reading →

NextGen Institute slates annual public meeting

Posted on August 19th, 2012 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NextGen Institute, a partnership between the government and private sector to work on the development and implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), will hold its annual public meeting Sept. 21 at the Department... Continue Reading →

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NextGen Alliance surpasses 1,000 members

Posted on August 16th, 2012 by

The National Alliance for the Advancement of NextGen (NAANG) has surpassed 1,000 members, signaling an “unprecedented support for improvements in air traffic systems among travel and tourism industry and business leaders,” according to alliance officials. Continue Reading →

Avidyne joins MIT, FAA in ADS-B development program

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 by

Avidyne is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the FAA on the Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness with Alerts (TSAA) program for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The FAA-funded TSAA program, valued at $4 million over three years, includes... Continue Reading →

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ADS-B’s two-for-one deal

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by

This is the 11th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots. Sounds like a sale doesn’t it? Well, not really. Instead, it’s a reference to the FAA’s... Continue Reading →

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The transition to ADS-B

Posted on June 10th, 2012 by

This is the tenth in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots. ADS-B is the system that literally allows NextGen to become “The Next NextGen.” It stands for... Continue Reading →