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FAA releases Aerospace forecast

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All indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong. According to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2018-2038, the trend will continue. This is occurring while American air travelers are experiencing the highest levels of safety in modern aviation history.

To address this growth, the Governor of NY has tasked the Port Authority to propose and fund a massive capital budget aimed at modernizing and enlarging all of New York’s airports.

The FAA forecasts U.S. airline passengers will increase from 840.8 million in 2017 to 1.28 billion in 2038, an increase of more than 400 million passengers.

The key to meeting this growth in air travel, while maintaining high levels of safety and efficiency, is to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet demand. NextGen significantly improves overall capacity, performance, efficiency, and predictability throughout the Nationban Aerospace system (NAS). The FAA has switched to a satellite-enabled navigation system that is more precise than traditional ground-based navigation aids.

The new digital communications systems, helps pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate more quickly, more easily, and with less risk of miscommunication than radio messages over busy frequencies.

The forecast also highlights the phenomenal growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as drones. The FAA projects the small model hobbyist UAS fleet to more than double from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units by 2022. In addition to UAS, another rapidly growing aerospace field is the FAA’s licensing, oversight and regulation of commercial space transportation activities.

The FAA projects that commercial space launch and re-entry operations may triple from 22 in 2017 to as high as 61 operations in 2020.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA are planning for this growth in air travel with robust infrastructure investments through the Airport Improvement Program.

Air traffic modernization is rapidly moving towards satellite navigation technologies and procedures which will continue to allow enhanced navigation for more aircraft.

Posted 12:00 am, April 5, 2018
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