The thousands of planes that fly daily are flying indirect routes over radar towers. For close to six decades we have used World War II era technology to transit the skies. NextGen is a much needed upgrade to satellite-based technology.
Piece by piece the FAA is installing the new NextGen system across the country. Satellite based navigation will let pilots know the exact locations of other airplanes that are flying around them. That allows more planes in the sky while enhancing the safety of travel. New satellite landing procedures will let pilots arrive at airports more predictably and more efficiently.
By the year 2018 the airlines are expecting to see savings of hundreds of dollars per flight. Multiply that by the millions of flights that occur in a typical year and savings become extraordinary.
But most importantly, NextGen enhances the safety of what is already the safest airspace in the world. And it ensures that stellar safety history will continue in the same tradition.
So what is NextGen? It's a new era of flight!