The FAA’s efforts to modernize the air traffic control system — known as NextGen — has had such a bumpy rollout that costs associated with some of the core technology outweigh potential benefits, according to a report by the Transportation Department’s Inspector General. A story in the Wall Street Journal says the IG’s report “raises new questions about the design, deployment and projected benefits” of ADS-B. The IG’s report predicts that taxpayer investments in ADS-B “now outweigh the projected benefits of the program by as much as $588 million.” Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.
In testimony on the progress of NextGen before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker said unequivocally that the 2020 deadline for installation of mandated ADS-B equipment in general aviation aircraft is hard and fast. According to a post on AVweb, there have been rumors that the FAA was going to let the deadline date slip. Apparently desiring to put a stop to the rumor mill, Whitaker said: “Let me be very clear. The 2020 deadline is not going to change. We are in a position to achieve this important milestone on time. The cost of equipment has come down considerably. There is sufficient maintenance capacity to allow all equipage to occur — in fact, waiting to equip might cost more if aircraft owners crowd repair stations to get the work done on the eve of the deadline.”
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, June 11, the Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), a pilot who also co-chairs the House General Aviation Caucus, will conduct a hearing titled FAA’s 2020 NextGen Mandate: Benefits and Challenges for General Aviation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FAA today announced the completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while giving pilots more information in the cockpit. This upgrade is a key improvement in the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation is studying the impact of ADS-B traffic and weather services — and they want your input.
According to the MIT researchers, the goal of the study is to determine how general aviation pilots value and use these services.
Aspen Avionics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NextGen GA Fund to accelerate the rollout of NextGen airspace mandates by providing access to incentives to help aircraft owners finance mandated avionics upgrades.