Sunday, July 24th, 2011 - 18:45
The nation stands on the verge of a new era in aviation. The
National Airspace System is one of the largest and safest
in the world. It is also one of the busiest.
In 2010, more than 700 million passengers flew on U.S. air carriers. With air traffic expected to increase by 50 percent by 2025 and flight delays already causing disruptions in service and a loss of productivity at current capacity, a revamped system is needed to accommodate future growth: a system that will let passengers fly safely with fewer delays and less congestion, while reducing aviation’s environmental impact. What is FAA’s next generation air transportation system, or NextGen? How will NextGen improve the airspace system? What is FAA doing to continue to be a global leader in aviation? Randy Babbitt, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explore these questions and so much more.