Significant budget cuts are the latest threat to the FAA’s vision for a 21st century air traffic system that already faces formidable challenges. The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) needs to integrate a complex web of air traffic management capabilities to serve growing needs in the world’s busiest airspace, while enhancing safety, saving fuel and reducing environmental impacts. NextGen is more than technology. It includes policies and procedures, and requires a return on investment.
Despite all the training in the world, there is little that is routine when it comes to flying fighters off carriers. To get to that level, naval aviators must prove they are the best of the best – and yet, even being the best may not be enough....More