New Alliance Plans To Help Usher In NextGen ATC

 - July 8, 2008, 12:01 PM

The Alliance for Sustainable Air Transportation (ASAT) was publicly launched late last week at a Florida summit on global climate change in Miami. The Wakefield, Mass.-based group bills itself as “a diverse group of federal, state, regional and local government entities, industry organizations, associations and academic institutions that share a vision for accelerated implementation of a sustainable air transportation system,” namely through the implementation of NextGen air-traffic initiatives. “ASAT’s strategy is to support the implementation of NextGen regionally, locally and in stages, through prototypes that favor the greatest benefits in the shortest time,” according to ASAT co-founder Traver Gruen-Kennedy, who is also DayJet’s vice president of strategic operations. DayJet, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the state of Florida are among the 14 members listed on ASAT’s Web site. Not coincidentally, all three are heavily involved in NextGen initiatives–the DOT and FAA selected Florida as the NextGen testbed and last month the FAA, DayJet and Embry-Riddle formed a partnership to begin a five-year, phased implementation of proven NextGen technologies throughout Florida.