The New Jersey Aviation Association is urging Congress to provide full funding for NextGen initiatives to overhaul the country’s air traffic control system. The NJAA organization represents New Jersey’s general aviation community.
In a June 11 news release, NJAA said it supports transitioning to the NextGen aviation system, which is satellite-based, compared to the current ground based navigation system. Justin Edwards, Chairman of NJAA pointed out that “providing the needed funding will expand system capacity and provide additional investment in safety programs.”
It is “especially important to the New Jersey and New York area that the current system be replaced as soon as possible, in light of the fact that 75% of the nation’s air traffic delays occur here,” he said.
NJAA also said that NJDOT has provided $1 million toward a roadway for the NextGen Aviation Research Campus, which will be adjacent to the William J. Hughes Technical Center and the Atlantic City International Airport, “an ideal location for a research environment.” The campus will provide a minimum of 2,000 “highly paid engineering and technical jobs,” NJAA said. It will receive $300 million in private investment. “New Jersey is indeed fortunate to have this important project located here. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible,” Edwards said.
NJAA is a member of the National Alliance to Advance NextGen, which it is encouraging others to join at www.panynj.gov/nextgen.
For information: www.njaviation.org