The Effects Of Nextgen On Nas Delays At Major Airports

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The Effects of NextGen on NAS Delays at Major Airports The national aviation system is under increasing demand for more and more flights as air passenger numbers continue to rise. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2015-2035 report estimates an annual growth of 2.0 percent per year from 2016-2035. This will equate to an average of 1.14 billion passengers flying within the U.S. per year by the end of year 2035 (n.d., p. 47). As the number of aircraft flying increase to accommodate passenger demand, the number of aircraft delays and risk to flight safety are also likely to increase. The current air traffic control (ATC) infrastructure evolved from the World War II era and wasn’t designed to handle the predicted air traffic loads of the 21st century (Hopkin, Wise & Garland, 2010). In order to update the ATC system to increase its capacity, the FAA, along with other select governing bodies have started implementing NextGen. At an estimated cost of $18 billion through the year 2018, the NextGen system uses emerging technology and is constantly facing challenges (United States Federal Aviation Administration, 2010). These challenges delay the benefits received through the use of NextGen which add to the ongoing NAS delays and risk the safety of future flights in the oversaturated airways. Although some delays are being experienced in NextGen prorams, 30 major airports now have NextGen capabilities (NextGen Airports, 2016). The cost

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