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Responsible Entity: 
Responsible Agency POC: 
Dennis E. Roberts
Director Airspace Services, ATO Mission Support, FAA
NextGen Infrastructure Initiative - Houston Metroplex (OAPM)
Ad Hoc Activity
The Study Team included subject matter experts from non-local facilities (for an outside perspective), airspace and air traffic procedures design specialists schooled in NEXTGEN Performance-Based Navigation , the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and industry representatives (technical pilots from major airlines). The Study Team identified issues and proposed potential solutions with input from local facility and industry representatives. This phase resulted in a set of conceptual designs, with a high-level assessment of benefits, costs, and risks. The team sought to make better use of existing aircraft equipage by recommending items including satellite navigation based arrival and departure procedures, optimized descent and climb profiles to eliminate or reduce level-offs, creating diverging departure paths that will get aircraft off the ground and on course to their destination faster, and adding direct high-altitude satellite navigation routes between metroplexes.


Milestone Target Actual
Milestone Start - Study 05/09/2011
Milestone End - Study 08/18/2011 08/18/2011