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NextGen report released by Harvard University

May 11, 2010, 08:30 pm

As the government makes efforts to modernize the air transportation system, a university recently released a report based on a two-day summit that focused on the same.

The meetings, held by Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard University, examined the challenges that face the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The report noted that though members of the airline sector are committed to NextGen, how to make it successful puts them at odd.

"As we move to NextGen, new challenges arise, and with it, a new vision for 21st century aviation," Professor Stephen Goldsmith, who wrote the report, said.

To overcome these challenges, the report said a strategy has to be developed that will support innovative solutions to problems that may be encountered. Furthermore, incentives should be created to encourage adoption of the new system.

NextGen will switch the country's air transportation network from one that is radar-based to a system that uses GPS and satellite technology. The goal in doing so is to improve air safety and reduce collisions.

Some airports in the country already feature aspects of NextGen, including those located in Philadelphia and Juneau, Alaska.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19770635-ADNFCR

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