NextGen Needs Input On Airplane Spacing


The airspace isn’t getting bigger but air travel is expected to continue increasing so the challenge will be to find ways to fit more airplanes in the same space. It’s a fundamental part of the NextGen initiative and those designing the systems that will support it need to know from those who actually manage aircraft movement, known as interval management, how they should get started. “It’s crucial to obtain input on this topic from pilots, air traffic controllers/managers, and dispatch operators,” said Dr. Jeff Lancaster, a Honeywell researcher who has put together a survey in conjunction with colleagues at NASA and the FAA.

To take part in the survey, e-mail Lancaster at