Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Aviation Manager Tells CO Lawmakers Airport Is On Cutting
The deployment of the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control system
may be years down the road, even further if the alphabet groups and
airlines have their way. But the new system has a fan in Aviation
Manager Kim Day at Denver International Airport, where elements of
NextGen are being phased in.
Day tells the Associated Press the airport could have a "real
robust system" in place in as little as five or six years. She
says, "We're on the cutting edge here."
Eventually, the FAA says NextGen will allow spacing airliners
closer than the five miles currently required, due to the higher
precision of position reports provided by GPS technology over
traditional ground-based radar. NextGen will also allow continuous
descent routing, allowing what essentially is a straight line glide
from as far out as 60 miles from their destinations, instead of the
current stair-step descents which burn more fuel and create more
So far, improvements in use in Denver are providing better
tracking of airplanes on the ground, a significant advantage at a
facility as huge and sprawling as KDEN.
Regarding the other benefits NextGen will bring, Day adds, "We
can't implement it soon enough."
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