implementaion of Nextgen

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INTRODUCTION: There are many problems with the current ATC system most of which is because it is out dated and there is progressively becoming more and more traffic in the air. It is going to come to the point where the current system will not be able to handle the increasing traffic. PURPOSE: Increasing traffic has caused the development of a new technology called Next Gen. The new technology is a very different approach to the current system and may incur various problems during the transformation process. The research shown will show what is occurring in the air traffic control world and how the Next Gen system is going to benefit over the old system. PROBLEM: There is too much air traffic in the air and current ATC systems will eventually not be able to keep up with the numerous aircraft in the air. SCOPE: An overview of the current system and problems it has will be discussed. The research that is involved in this paper will discuss how the new Next Gen system is going to be implemented into current ATC stations and take over the current system. A quick overview of the Next Gen system will also be discussed. The main purpose of this paper will be the transition from the old system to the new. THE CURRENT SYSTEM: There are many problems with the current ATC system most of which are because it is out dated and there is progressively becoming more and more traffic in the air. Eventually it is going to come to the point where the current system will not be able to handle the increasing traffic. This is why there is a new system underway called Next Gen to fix many of the issues we are having today. In the United States the airspace is divided into 21 zones and each zone is divided into sectors and is currently ran by the FAA... ... middle of paper ... ...OF NEXT GEN: There have been many issues with the upbringing of this new system and having a smooth transformation with the current system being used. The FAA continues to struggle with these problems involving budgets and deadlines when trying to upgrade the current ATC system. The goal of NextGen is to be finished around 2025 but with the current management issues with implementing this new system might push back there 2025 deadline. The ERAM (En Route Automatic Modernization system) is a computer system used to give communications and produce information for controllers is five years behind schedule. This computer system is also over 500 million dollars over budget. Another issue concerning the 2025 dead line being feasible, is congress wanting to cut 5-10 percent in funding to the FAA which will do nothing but cause delay to the system being fully implemented.

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