Sept. 2, 2015

Even with the high level of interest and scrutiny the FAA’s transition to a Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) has received, business aircraft operators still have many questions and concerns about what NextGen entails, and what equipment operators will need to take full advantage of its benefits.

One of the best sources for answers to those questions comes straight from the FAA’s website.

“The FAA’s NextGen web resource offers a detailed explanation of the requirements for pilots to fully utilize a GPS-based air traffic control system,” said Bob Lamond, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “It’s something of a hidden gem.”

In addition to providing valuable information about NextGen’s benefits to both pilots and airports – including video testimonials from operators already utilizing technologies like the Wide Area Augmentation System navigation – the NextGen resource also includes a thorough explanation of the cornerstone system for NextGen: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

Operators should visit the “Equip ADS-B” area of the website for a wealth of information regarding airspace in which ADS-B will be required, as well as tips for finding the solution that best matches users’ particular operating requirements.

“The FAA helpfully provides an updated list of ADS-B-compliant transponders that are already certified, and cross-references those systems to approved GPS receivers and aircraft applications,” Lamond added. “That provides an extremely helpful snapshot for operators seeking specific information for their aircraft type.

“The site goes beyond the system’s nuts and bolts by providing examples of the NextGen experience for operators and passengers,” Lamond concluded. “All too often, the discussion about equipage comes down to cost – which, admittedly, can be significant. But, it’s important to also understand the significantly enhanced operator experience that ADS-B provides.”

Visit the FAA’s NextGen web resource.