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NextGen to improve flight safety in the air and at the gate

March 13, 2011, 08:49 pm

NextGen technology will likely lead to a safer and more efficient takeoff, flight and landing experience for general aviation pilots, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The impact that NextGen will have on commercial flights and airports was recently discussed at the International Women in Aviation conference. However, the AOPA reminded it's readers that certain technological advancements included in NextGen plans, including wide-area multilateration, will mean improvements for general aviation, as well.

The group discussed how the switch from ground-based surveillance to satellite observation will help pilots have a better overall awareness of nearby hazards, enabling them to potentially avoid mid-air collisions and crashes into terrain.

The WAM technology may improve GA access to airports by enabling multiple departure paths, and may also increase the capacity for aircraft by allowing planes to fly closer together without risking a potential crash, according to the group.

Though these advancements to air-traffic control may make flying "inherently safer," according to one panelist at the conference, the system has not yet been rolled out and will doubtless be unable to eradicate all potential hazards facing pilots.

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