NextGen: A Review of Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Improving Aviation Safety and Efficiency, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 25, 2014   [open pdf - 286KB]

"This is the June 25, 2014 hearing on 'NextGen: A Review of Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities' held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of Maria Cantwell: 'Today, we are here to discuss the Next Generation Air Traffic System, more commonly known as 'NextGen,' and this program has been promised as a way to increase safety, improve efficiency, reduce fuel costs, by reforming our air traffic control system. A fully implemented NextGen system is also critical for building capacity in our aviation system to meet the demands of a growing middle class around the globe and the increase in air transportation. There is a lot to do to achieve these goals. Five billion has been invested in NextGen thus far, and it has as the I.G. [Inspector General] Report says produced some milestones being met, but as the report shows, there are also issues related to the ADS-B [Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast] program, a cornerstone of the technology, and underlying problematic challenges, and an executable plan for coordinating many of the multiple programs and the technical issues.' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael G. Whitaker, Matthew E. Hampton, Paul Rinaldi, and Gary Beck."

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