Essay on Next Generation Air Transportation System

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The Future of the “Next Generation Air Transportation System”

October 23, 2011
Tech 3020
By: Joel Borton

The Future of the Next Generation Air Transportation System

Since the Wright brother’s first flight over Kitty Hawk 108 years ago, the accomplishments of the human race in aerospace have been nothing short of miraculous. The United States aerospace and aviation industry has developed into a crucial element of the global infrastructure. It is an industry that moves people and goods quickly and virtually anywhere in the world. However, aerospace and aviation is an industry at risk. While there may be a temporary pause given the current economy, the steady increase in
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What permits this? Each airplane will have a special transponder that transmits and receives precise information about the time at which it and others will cross key points along their route. Additionally, pilots and air traffic managers on the ground will have the same precise information, transmitted via data communications, which creates a much faster process of getting the planes in and out of the airports. This also helps the air traffic control managers by being able to allow the airplanes closer to each other with out harming them. These controllers will not have to use as much two-way communication neither because the information will automatically be transmitted via data communications. Therefore, the communication frequencies will be less busy and less stressful on the air traffic controllers. Which creates a much faster process of getting the planes in and out of airports. Once the planes have departed from their airport, the transponders along with the new GPS based technology that NextGen has included into the “Implementation Plan” may now choose more direct paths instead of using old traditional Navaid technology, such as Victor Airways to travel. With GPS technology as part of the new system they are hoping it will cut down on the noise level of communication frequencies as well. Pilots will use GPS based
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