The FAA today released a YouTube video displaying the NextGen precision approach that JetBlue flights into JFK will begin flying in July.
What is NextGen? According to the FAA website “NextGen is the transformation of how airplanes traverse the sky. It affects all of us: from the pilots that fly the planes, the passengers who enjoy the flights and the controllers who ensure the safety. The thousands of planes overhead right now are flying indirect routes over radar towers. For close to six decades we have used this World War II era technology to transit the skies. NextGen is an upgrade to satellite-based technology. Piece by piece we are installing this new system. It is a consistent and persistent effort to bring airplanes and airports online with NextGen technology. Satellite navigation will let pilots know the precise locations of other airplanes around them. That allows more planes in the sky while enhancing the safety of travel. Satellite landing procedures will let pilots arrive at airports more predictably and more efficiently. And once on the ground, satellite monitoring of airplanes leads to getting you to the gate faster.”
With regards to JetBlue @ JFK, “the unique procedures are designed to use a constant vertical descent in conjunction with a precise curved flight path to the runways, resulting in: reduced airspace conflicts with adjacent airports; stabilized approach path; shorter flight times for passengers; and reduced fuel consumption, noise levels and greenhouse-gas emissions”
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