Puget Sound Regional Council

nextgen AIRSPACE optimization 2015

PSRC is leading a new project funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help the region’s airports get ready for emerging aviation technology. At its most basic level, NextGen represents an evolution from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system of air traffic management.

NextGen technologies will allow more aircraft to safely fly closer together on more direct routes, reducing delays and providing unprecedented benefits for the environment and the economy by reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and noise. Taking advantage of new technology will require airports to meet new FAA standards.

Phase 2: NextGen Airspace Optimization Study

PSRC is completing a NextGen Airspace Optimization Study, which builds on Phase I. The Phase 2 study explores how NextGen technologies and programs could be applied to enhance safety, improve efficiency, provide enhanced access to the airport system, and reduce congestion in the Puget Sound region airspace. Read the Phase 2 Scope of Work.

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Phase 1: Preparing the Region’s Airports for NextGen Technologies

In May 2013, PSRC completed the Phase I study.

  • View the five tasks of PSRC’s NextGen project.
    • 1. Identify airports where NextGen technology could be beneficial.
    • 2. Inventory these airports to determine their preparedness to implement NextGen.
    • 3. Identify airport design and operational deficiencies (this “gap” analysis will show the difference between existing airport conditions and FAA requirements to meet NextGen criteria).
    • 4. Develop a capital improvement plan (CIP) for each airport listing improvements to implement NextGen.
    • 5. Identify strategies and system applications.

Phase 1 Reports

PSRC’s NextGen project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA NextGen logo

contact: Robin Mayhew – 206-464-7537

Puget Sound Regional Council • 1011 Western Ave, Suite 500 • Seattle, WA 98104 • 206-464-7090