NextGen funding at the Federal Aviation Administration would drop from $901 million to $836 million under the Transportation Department's budget proposal for fiscal 2015.
Auditors say the Federal Aviation Administration's enterprise architecture is limited as a strategic planning tool guiding air traffic control modernization efforts known as NextGen.
NextGen improvements so far resulted in reductions in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emission and are expected to reduce delays by about 41 percent by 2020, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta told a House panel.
Transportation Department auditors are now saying the Federal Aviation Administration will "not likely be ready" to mandate by 2020 use of avionics allowing airplane pilots to see in real-time their position and the location of other airplanes. That assessment comes in a Jan. 28 audit (.pdf) that's slightly more pessimistic than a September 2013 preliminary version in which auditors said the FAA "may not be ready."
Avionics allowing airplane pilots to see in real-time their position and the location of other airplanes may not be ready by 2020, says the Transportation Department office of inspector general in a Sept. 17 letter. ADS-B In technical requirements "are not mature and continue to evolve," auditors say. "As a result, it is uncertain when the advanced capabilities of ADS-B can be implemented and at what cost," they add.
A $2.4 billion software program critical to air traffic modernization efforts at the Federal Aviation Administration will likely run out of capital expenditure funding before it's complete even as program managers limit its scope by reclassifying some requirements as "enhancements," says the Transportation Department office of inspector general.
Enactment of House Appropriations Committee-approved levels of fiscal 2014 funding for the Federal Aviation Administration would likely require suspension of air traffic control modernization projects not close to completion, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a July 17 House panel.
A Federal Aviation Administration effort to modernize air traffic control systems at terminal radar approach control facilities faces significant risks, says Transportation Department auditors. Analysis conducted by the FAA concluded that STARS must be upgraded to incorporate at least 94 functions that CARTS accumulated over the years in order for the new system not to be a downgrade.
The Federal Aviation Administration has made minimal progress in developing metrics to measure progress in implementing the NextGen air traffic control modernization effort, which airlines need in order to develop cost-benefit analyses before investing in NextGen-enabling avionics, according to an April 8 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
The fiscal 2014 budget request the Obama administration sent to Congress April 10 includes a nearly 4 percent increase to funding for the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic modernization effort known as NextGen.