Nextgen Case Study

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Challenges If we continue along the present path: funding shortfalls, and bandaged NextGen Implementation plans, NextGen will probably eventually get fielded. Current estimates show program completion in 2025 or beyond, but the system might be partially obsolete by that time (FAA, 2015a and Breselor, 2015). Funding shortfalls are not the only threat to NextGen. Current talk in Congress and in the industry are calling for total reform of the FAA. At a congressional hearing in March 2015, industry leaders called for privatization of many of the FAA 's current duties (Parker, 2015). A private, possibly non-profit entity could provide more value for dollars spent and not be necessarily hampered by the piecemeal funding under which the FAA …show more content…
Privatization ideas include managing Air Traffic Control duties, employees, and facilities into an independent corporation (Halsey, 2015a). Paul Rinaldi, President of the Air Traffic controllers ' union and Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, are among those who support privatization. (Subcommittee on Aviation, 2015). A privatized entity would presumably have fewer bureaucratic burdens, would not be subject to civil service restraints (Naylor, 2015). The problem is that a Congressionally-directed privatized entity might delay, disrupt or discontinue efforts on NextGen. In May 2015, a panel of academic specialists told Congress that "the FAA was not delivering the system [NextGen] that had been promised" (Halsey, 2015b). Complaints about NextGen 's cost overruns and delays, combined with a history of FAA program mismanagement, make the FAA vulnerable to loss of support …show more content…
When one looks at FAA operations as a whole, it 's easy to see an employee heavy, risk adverse, heavily bureaucratic institution that is badly in need of reform (Breselor, 2015). The FAA is responsible for overseeing safety and managing air traffic control for 50,000 flights per day (Takemoto, 2011). At the same, time, they are attempting to change the way airspace is managed, integrate unmanned air systems, find an unleaded alternative fuel for general aviation, and do a Part 23 rewrite. They have the resources to do all these things, but their own complicated rules and restrictions, combined with the often unpredictable nature of Congressional funding mean that many of these projects will not reach their

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