PBN allows shorter, more direct routes that reduce
flight time and fuel consumption, and result in fewer
“As the largest domestic
airline based in New York, the busiest airspace in the
world, JetBlue will continue to take an active
leadership role in advancing the next generation of
airspace management in partnership with the FAA,” said
Dave Barger, CEO and president of JetBlue Airways.
“These new procedures will increase traffic flow
predictability while reducing our environmental impact,
allowing us to provide more efficient travel for
The FAA estimates that more direct routings and more
efficient aircraft descents into the Florida Metroplex
will save eight million gallons of fuel annually, which
equates to a reduction in carbon emissions by nearly
80,000 metric tons and an estimated $23.0 million saved
in fuel costs. In addition, the FAA estimates that 5.4
million fewer nautical miles will be flown in and out of
Florida based on current flight plan miles filed.
This collaborative partnership includes the FAA, the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association, JetBlue
Airways, American Airlines, US Airways, NetJets and
other aviation stakeholders including business and
general aviation interests.
The Florida Metroplex study area includes six
airports: Orlando International, Tampa, Miami, Fort
Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.
Satellite airports, including Boca Raton, Daytona
Beach, Kissimmee, Marco Island, Naples, Orlando
Executive, Orlando Sanford, Sarasota Bradenton and
Stuart (Witham Field), are also part of this NextGen
The Florida Metroplex work teams will explore and
develop proposed strategies to streamline airspace to
help reduce airspace complexity for air traffic
controllers and flight crews. The strategies include:
Creating separate flight tracks for departures and
arrivals to allow aircraft to climb and descend more
Expanding the development of Optimized Profile Descent
(OPD) procedures into the airports.
OPDs allow pilots to almost idle the engines
while the aircraft descends, using the on-board Flight
Management System to fly a continuous, descending path
without leveling off.
OPDs reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions
Shortening flight tracks by making them more direct.
Designing new satellite-based procedures for reliever
Developing routes that will enable general aviation
traffic to fly more efficient routes through congested
NextGen is the transformation of the radar-based air
traffic control system of today to a satellite-based
system of the future. New procedures and technologies
will significantly improve safety, capacity and
efficiency and will reduce fuel burn, carbon emissions
and environmental impacts