Florida NEXTGEN Test Bed


Established in 2011, the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiative to modernize the nation's antiquated air traffic control systems to make air travel safer, more efficient, and more economical.

The FAA has contracted Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to operate the facility, which is located next to Daytona Beach (FL) International Airport.

To ensure that future air travel becomes safer and more efficient, and to ease economic and environmental concerns, the government signed a law in December 2003 that endorsed a Next Generation Air Transportation System.

NextGen integrates existing technologies, policies, and procedures with newly developed ones to achieve the goals of reducing delays, saving fuel, and lowering aircraft exhaust emissions.

The key to this “modernization” of the National Airspace System is an upgrade from an Air Traffic Management (ATM) system that is decades old.

This NextGen overhaul will take ATM from the current legacy systems — inexact ground-based radar and inefficient point-to-point information sharing — to satellite-based technology, which allows for precise tracking of aircraft and a collaborative decision-making process utilizing real-time shared data.

It’s an immense, multi-agency undertaking that is slated to continue through 2025 and beyond. And much of the work is being developed, tested, and implemented here in Daytona Beach, FL.

ERAU NextGen Programs: Where government, industry, and academia are working together to help shape the future of aviation.

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ERAU NextGen Programs

ERAU NextGen Programs are conducted in Florida at one of the three FAA facilities around the country that are responsible for the testing, development, and integration of new NextGen technologies into the national air transportation system.

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Estimated value of cumulative benefits that will be saved by aircraft operators, travelers, and the FAA in delay reductions, fuel savings, and other NextGen efficiencies through 2020.

President's Speaker Series: NextGen

Collaboration Partners

The Next Generation Air Transportation System is a massive, multi-decade undertaking that requires the collaboration of countless agencies, corporations, and individuals. That spirit of cooperation for the purpose of advancing NextGen concepts and procedures is on display daily in our ERAU NextGen Programs.

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Research & Demonstrations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has contracted Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to operate and to work with industry in support of FAA-assigned NextGen research tasks and demonstrations.

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