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FAA releases update about NextGen progress

March 29, 2011, 10:23 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has released an update stating that it is making progress on its plans to implement the NextGen air transportation system, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Much of the recent progress, according to the source, has been made in the area of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system, which would enable aircraft to broadcast their position and pickup the positions of other aircraft. The system can potentially reduce the number of collisions, and the FAA says it is on time and on schedule.

"We cleared the way to begin integrating ADS-B into FAA air traffic control facilities nationwide, and to train our workforce," Babbitt said in the report. "We also issued our ADS-B Out rule requiring aircraft operating in most controlled airspace to be equipped to broadcast their position to the ADS-B network by the start of 2020."

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