Essay on Nextgen Ils

4915 Words Nov 19th, 2014 20 Pages
Approaching ILS in NextGen
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Currently the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aviation industry are working towards a revolutionary revitalization of how air traffic will be controlled in National Airspace System (NAS) in the future. The goal of the effort behind the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is to provide for safer and more efficient operations in the NAS. The backbone of this modernization will rely on celestial based systems such as the Global Position System (GPS) to provide the primary source of all navigation information during all phases of flight from taxiing, take-off, enroute, approach, and landing. It is the final two phases of flight, approach
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Such a demand, as well as the need to increase safety, security, and efficiency, could not be met by the current “human-centric” method of air traffic control (ATC) and technology (JPDO, 2007). To meet the air travel needs of the near future and those of the year 2027, the FAA and the aviation industry have developed and initiated a program known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System, usually referred to as NextGen The goal of NextGen is to modernize the National Airspace System (NAS) by increasing its capacity and efficiency while also improving security, safety, and environmental impact. To accomplish these goals the FAA will leverage current and emerging technologies in conjunction with new airborne and traffic management procedures (FAA, 2010). Among both the current and emerging technologies to be utilized in NextGen, the systems are primarily centered on putting more performance and traffic management responsibilities into airborne avionics, which is a significant shift from the current system of ground based ATC. This shift is a necessity due to the practical impossibility of scaling up the current ATC system and its personnel to address the anticipated doubling of traffic in the NAS in the coming decades (FAA, 2010). Among the systems that will be the foundation of NextGen are the Global Positioning System

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