15-Sep-2009 12:09 PM

NextGen equipment to be used from Dec-2009 in Gulf of Mexico

USA’s Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced air traffic controllers will commence the use of NextGen satellite equipment from Dec-2009 for aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico, which will reduce separation minima, boosting system capacity (Associated Press, 14-Sep-09). The equipment will cover a 240,000 sq mile area and coverage extends to 150 miles offshore. The FAA plans to implement the system nationwide by 2013.