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Federal Aviation Administration
Gives Green Light To NextGen Satellite System
IN A STEP THAT promises to greatly im- maintain an air transport system that meets
prove the efficiency of air transportation the present and future needs of this country.
for millions of Americans, FAA Acting Sturgell’s commissioning of essential
Administrator Robert A. Sturgell today services for ADS-B in Florida clears the
gave the green light to nationwide de- way for nationwide deployment of the
ployment of a system that allows aircraft system by 2013. The installation of 11
to be tracked by satellite rather than radar. ground stations in Florida gives pilots
Automatic Dependent Surveillance– viewing ADS-B cockpit displays the same
Broadcast (ADS-B) will reduce the risk live traffic seen by controllers. Pilots also
of midair collisions and weather-related receive free, real-time weather updates
accidents, provide more efficient routes in from the National Weather Service, as
adverse weather, and improve situational well as critical flight information such as
awareness for pilots. temporary flight restrictions and special-
“The next generation of air travel has ar- ment demonstrates that the Department of use airspace. These advances, in turn, will
rived,” Sturgell said. “ADS-B is the back- Transportation and the FAA are taking allow the United States to accommodate
bone of the future of air traffic control. concrete steps to do just that.” the increasing number of aircraft in the
NextGen is real and, as of today, NextGen An executive order signed by President nation’s skies and will help to make the
is now. President Bush just last week stated Bush on Nov. 18 accelerated the imple- travel experience for airline passengers
that modernizing our aviation system is an mentation of NextGen, stating that it is the more efficient, safer, and environmentally
urgent challenge and today’s announce- policy of the United States to establish and friendly.

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