In a move that signals that the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is key to economic growth in New York, the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), an organization representing the leadership of New York’s aviation industry, has joined the National Alliance for the Advancement of NextGen (NAANG), as have about a dozen of its members.
NYAMA’s participation in the group signals the strong support for improvements in air traffic systems by New York State aviation leaders, officials said. NYAMA’s action, taken at its annual meeting in Niagara Falls, comes as business leaders across the country have stepped up calls for NextGen implementation to ensure the nation’s busiest commercial airports can continue to serve users without suffering gridlock in the sky.
Chad Nixon, President of NYAMA’s Board of Directors, stated that, “Our organization’s mission is to support the sustained growth and viability of New York’s airports and their dual roles as the centerpiece of aviation services and drivers of state, local and regional economies. Investment in aviation technology and infrastructure are essential, not just to our industry but to the economy as a whole. We applaud the progress the FAA is making in NextGen deployment and urge Congress to continue to make funding NextGen a national transportation and infrastructure priority.”
William Vanececk, Director of Aviation for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport said that, “The implementation of 21st century technologies at our airports will spur economic development and improve the business climate in New York. We are pleased to join this national alliance — it is a movement that virtually everyone can get behind.”
The organizations announcing their participation in NAANG include: The New York Aviation Management Association; Sullivan County International Airport (Bethel, NY); Long Island Business Aviation Association; Farmingdale Republic Airport; Fortbrand Services (Plainview NY); Buffalo Niagara International Airport; Rochester Airport; Wellsville Flying Services, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport; Association Development Group; Aerometric (Wisconsin) and Bruce Geiger Associates.
With these newest members, NAANG’s ranks grow to about 1,070 nationwide.
NAANG was formed in 2009 by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and other organizations to press for an expedited FAA timeline for delivering NextGen technologies and benefits.