Leaders of several general aviation groups have been named to help the FAA Joint Planning and Development Office create a next generation air transportation system (NGATS) for 2025. NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, AOPA president Phil Boyer, GAMA president Pete Bunce and Helicopter Association International president Roy Resavage will join other aviation officials on the NGATS Institute management council.
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The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Institute, which will work with the FAA’s Joint Planning and Development Office (JDPO) to design and develop a system to meet ATC needs 20 years into the future, now has an executive director andan institute management council (IMC) to foster government and industry collaboration.
Where will aviation be in 20 years? What will the traffic mix look like in 2025? How many airplanes, how many passengers, how many airports, how many runways? How will we manage it all to achieve even higher levels of safety and security than we have today? And finally, how much will it cost to get there?
The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Institute has named Stephen Fisher its executive director. A former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, he will oversee daily operations at the institute.
The NGATS Institute is an industry partnership supporting the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in developing and implementing NGATS, a technologically advanced ATC system for the future.
At the Farnborough Air Show this summer, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and European Commission (EC) vice president Jacques Barrot signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation toward developing compatible, “seamless” air traffic management systems. The agreement formalizes previously informal exchanges between U.S.
NASA is restructuring its aeronautics research programs, including fundamental aeronautics, airspace systems, aviation safety and aeronautics testing. Among the goals of the restructuring are protecting and maintaining NASA’s key aeronautics research and test facilities as national assets.
The Small Airplane Transportation System (SATS) demonstration came to what most consider a successful conclusion last summer with demonstration flights and exhibits in Danville, Va., but where the technology goes from here is anybody’s guess.
With rare unanimity, aviation experts have agreed over the past few years on one thing: traffic will at least double, and perhaps even triple, by 2025. There has also been clear consensus that, at least in the U.S. and Europe, the current aviation infrastructure won’t be able to accommodate that level of demand, which would lead to daily gridlock at major centers.
In response to questions submitted by members of the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said recently that a cost estimate for the next-generation air transportation system (NGATS) is critical since Congress needs to understand what is necessary to fund the ATC system of the future.
Two federal watchdog agencies told Congress that the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) needs a permanent director and long-range funding to ensure the success of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) and the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS) to handle traffic loads expected by 2025.