The Florida Metroplex work teams will explore and develop proposed strategies to streamline airspace to help reduce airspace complexity for air traffic controllers and flight crews. The strategies include:
- Creating separate flight tracks for departures and arrivals to allow aircraft to climb and descend more efficiently.
- Expanding the development of Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) procedures into the airports. OPDs allow pilots to almost idle the engines while the aircraft descends, using the on-board Flight Management System to fly a continuous, descending path without leveling off. OPDs reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and noise.
- Shortening flight tracks by making them more direct.
- Designing new satellite-based procedures for reliever airports.
- Developing routes that will enable general aviation traffic to fly more efficient routes through congested airspace.
NextGen is the transformation of the radar-based air traffic control system of today to a satellite-based system of the future. New procedures and technologies will significantly improve safety, capacity and efficiency and will reduce fuel burn, carbon emissions and environmental impacts.