FAA Budgets $1.1 Billion for NextGen
February 4, 2010 —The Federal Aviation Administration has requested $16.5 Billion to support its current programs in the areas of air traffic controller and safety staffing, research and development, and capital investment. “NextGen,” the much-discussed modernization of the air traffic system, is budgeted $1.1 Billion, or a 32 percent increase from the previous year. The increased funds are intended to speed delivery of NextGen’s benefits to the traveling public. The FAA says NextGen aims to improve the efficiency and capacity of the national airspace, improve safety, and improve the environmental performance of the national airspace.
In addition to the increased funding for NextGen, there is more money for Area Navigation and Required Navigation Performance systems, the conversion from voice-based to more data-based communication systems, and money to further implement Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast. (ADS-B).