NextGen--A Primer

The Next Generation Air Transportation System ("NextGen") is a term used to describe a pervasive and critical component of the future of the National Airspace System (NAS). This project is part of an Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) NextGen initiative, comprised of five distinct projects, which will be conducted simultaneously. The objectives of this research are to develop (1) a resource guide for airport practitioners; (2) a primer for airport decision makers; and (3) a public information toolkit that can be used by airport operators to communicate high-level, universal facts about NextGen and airports to local pilots, community members, local leaders, and the flying-public. The resource guide and executive primer should be written in terms and context that are relevant, familiar, and understandable to airport operators. The "Resource Guide" will provide a summary of NextGen capabilities, data, and related technologies that are relevant, categorized, and described for airport practitioners. The audience for this document will be airport staff with a working knowledge of airports. The Resource Guide should include a glossary of terms and frequently asked questions that airport practitioners should know about NextGen. Information should be presented so that airports can ask the right questions and know where to get needed information. Readers should be directed to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other federal resources for current plans and a schedule for implementation. The Resource Guide should also include a who's who, where to access information, how to navigate the available resources, and how to identify related stakeholders. Written content of the Resource Guide will be formatted for practical use by different sizes and types of airports as well as different practitioners within the airport organization. Distinct index considerations should include, but not be limited to: (a) known categories of airports, their geography, prevailing weather patterns, and aircraft activity; (b) relationships to specific airport problems or solutions to common problems; (c) ways the information will be consumed within the airport organization; and (d) functional interests within the airport organization so that content is relevant to specific functions and accessible to the people responsible for that function at each airport. The Resource Guide should describe the capabilities of major NextGen initiatives such as arrival and departure procedures; ground-based NAVAID plans, wake recategorization and other wake mitigation strategies; surface traffic management; low-visibility operations; data sharing; and others-relating how they will affect airports, airport operations, and the community. It should recognize that airport benefits may be dependent upon or connected to other stakeholder implementation plans, and it should present and explain these interdependencies and connections, along with any uncertainties that may exist. Case study examples should be developed to emphasize benefits, value of airport involvement, and the airport's role during NextGen implementation. The "Executive Primer" should use key concepts from the Resource Guide and preliminary results from the other four projects in the ACRP NextGen initiative to synthesize a concise, high-level informative document for airport decision makers on NextGen as it relates to airport operators, including the benefits to the airport and its various stakeholders. The following considerations should be addressed in developing the Executive Primer: (a) Generally recognize and describe the phased, building-block approach to NextGen implementation and acknowledge inherent uncertainties. (b) Convey importance of NextGen for airports, including realistic potential benefits and related implementation issues. (c) Include strategic planning recommendations for airport directors, department heads, board members, and other senior policy interests within the airport organization. (d) Include a standard definition of the term "NextGen" for airport operators and present the material so airport decision makers may understand its relevance to airports (e.g., "Why should you care?" or "What's in it for me and my airport?"). (e) Include a speculative or visionary long-term view of the potential benefit/impact upon the airport and its community (e.g., efficiency, environmental, safety, economic, reliability, planning, and design) from NextGen and describe how it may someday fundamentally change the nature of the airport business. (f) Describe the uncertainties related to implementation and expected changes to benefits that may result if implementation is delayed. Offer alternatives to consider if delays to implementation are encountered. (g) Present the most useful case study examples from the Resource Guide to emphasize key benefits, involvement, and implementation. The "Public Information Toolkit" will be suitable for airports to communicate with local pilots, community members, local leaders, and the flying-public. Using information obtained/collected for the Resource Guide, Executive Primer, and the public information messages developed in ACRP 01-28, "Guidance for Engaging the Airport Community," the toolkit will standardize, elevate, and simplify messages for generic industry-wide distribution. The goal is to raise general awareness of NextGen and the role airports have in its implementation. Messages will focus on community effects; show how airports fit into NextGen; what NextGen means to communities; and how the roles of airports, communities, and other stakeholders may change. Some of the early ideas for this toolkit include: Microsoft PowerPoint or "" presentations; 30- or 60-second videos; print ads; diorama ads; brochures or flyers; short articles for newsletters, newspapers, or magazines; and so on. Each tool should communicate a consistent, coordinated, and high-level branded message addressing the basics of NextGen and Airports to the public and should have as long a shelf-life as possible.The work proposed must be divided into at least two phases; each phase must be divided into tasks. Proposers must describe the work proposed in each phase and task in detail.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-27

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Salamone, Michael

  • Performing Organizations:

    Logistics Management Institute

  • Principal Investigators:

    Hemm, Robert

  • Start Date: 20140409
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38177

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  • Accession Number: 01547409
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-27
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 9 2014 1:01AM