FAA Signs NetJets as Newest NextGen Partner

 - December 9, 2008, 11:07 AM

Columbus, Ohio-based fractional provider NetJets Aviation on Friday forged an agreement with the FAA to become the agency’s latest NextGen partner. According to an FAA spokesman, details of the agreement–including length of the partnership–are still being worked out. Under the agreement, NetJets will focus on NextGen initiatives such as area navigation (Rnav) and required navigation performance (RNP) approaches on routes into Teterboro (N.J.) Airport; WAAS, which allows for precision instrument approaches; and data communications. Additionally, NetJets will equip an as yet undetermined number of its business jet fleet with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) avionics, which will improve situational awareness for pilots by providing them with cockpit displays of live traffic and weather information. The FAA has entered into similar agreements to accelerate the deployment of NextGen with airlines, manufacturers, other government agencies, state, local and foreign governments, universities and associations, among others. According to the FAA, “The addition of NetJets will give the FAA real-time data on NextGen initiatives, allowing the agency to validate performance requirements. This will also help the agency identify various costs and benefits for NextGen implementation.”