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TECHNOLOGY PATHWAYS

Assessing the Integrated Plan for a Next Generation Air Transportation System

Committee on Technology Pathways: Assessing the Integrated Plan for a Next Generation Air Transportation System

Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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COMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY PATHWAYS: ASSESSING THE INTEGRATED PLAN FOR A NEXT GENERATION AIR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

S. MICHAEL HUDSON, Chair,

Rolls-Royce North America (retired), Indianapolis, Indiana

THOMAS M. COOK,

T.C.I., Dallas, Texas1

VAUGHN CORDLE,

Airlineforecasts, LLC, Clifton, Virginia

JERALD M. DAVIS,

Aviation Consultant, Daytona Beach, Florida

JOHN B. HAYHURST,

The Boeing Company (retired), Bellevue, Washington

RICHARD MARCHI,

Airports Council International–North America, Washington, D.C.

AMY R. PRITCHETT,

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

EDMOND L. SOLIDAY,

United Airlines (retired), Valparaiso, Indiana

HANSEL E. TOOKES II,

Raytheon International, Inc. (retired), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

IAN A. WAITZ,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

DAVID C. WISLER,

GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio

Staff

ALAN ANGLEMAN, Study Director

KARA BATH, Senior Project Assistant

ANNA FARRAR, Financial Associate

GEORGE LEVIN, Director, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

CONNIE WOLDU, Administrative Assistant

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Resigned May 7, 2005.

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AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ENGINEERING BOARD

WILLIAM W. HOOVER, Chair,

U.S. Air Force (retired), Williamsburg, Virginia

EDWARD M. BOLEN,

National Business Aviation Association, Washington, D.C.

ANTHONY J. BRODERICK,

Aviation Safety Consultant, Catlett, Virginia

JOHN-PAUL BARRINGTON CLARKE,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

RAYMOND S. COLLADAY,

Lockheed Martin Astronautics (retired), Golden, Colorado

ROBERT L. CRIPPEN,

Thiokol Propulsion (retired), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

DONALD L. CROMER,

U.S. Air Force (retired), Fallbrook, California

PRESTON HENNE,

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Savannah, Georgia

S. MICHAEL HUDSON,

Rolls-Royce North America (retired), Indianapolis, Indiana

JOHN L. JUNKINS,

Texas A&M University, College Station

JOHN M. KLINEBERG,

Space Systems/Loral (retired), Redwood City, California

ILAN M. KROO,

Stanford University, Stanford, California

MOLLY K. MACAULEY,

Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.

GEORGE K. MUELLNER,

The Boeing Company, Long Beach, California

ELON MUSK,

Space Exploration Development Corporation–SpaceX, El Segundo, California

MALCOLM R. O’NEILL,

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland

AMY R. PRITCHETT,

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

DEBRA L. RUB,

The Boeing Company, Anaheim, California

CYNTHIA SAMUELSON,

Logistics Management Institute, McLean, Virginia

PETER STAUDHAMMER,

University of Southern California, La Quinta, California

HANSEL E. TOOKES II,

Raytheon International, Inc. (retired), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

RAY VALEIKA,

Delta Airlines (retired), Powder Springs, Georgia

ROBERT S. WALKER,

Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, Washington, D.C.

ROBERT E. WHITEHEAD,

National Institute of Aerospace, Henrico, North Carolina

THOMAS L. WILLIAMS,

Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, California

Staff

GEORGE LEVIN, Director

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Preface

Federal legislation created the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) in December 2003. Tasks assigned to the JPDO include planning the development of an air transportation system capable of meeting potential air traffic demand by 2025 as well as overseeing and coordinating necessary research among federal agencies and private industry. Completing all of the tasks assigned to the JPDO will be a difficult challenge that goes beyond the limited authority and fiscal resources possessed by the JPDO. The JPDO staff have met this challenge in part through the establishment of nine integrated product teams (IPTs), which are serving as a vehicle both to involve other agencies with an interest in the U.S. air transportation system and to ensure that responsibility for improving the system rests with agencies and government officials with the authority and resources to make the necessary changes. The IPT approach has the potential to address the complexity of NGATS and facilitate an integrated approach that involves private stakeholders and federal agencies. However, the committee recommends that the IPTs be reduced in number and restructured to focus on the operational products that NGATS will require for success. In addition, the committee encourages the JPDO to implement the committee’s recommendations through modifications to the Integrated Plan, to IPT documents, or to both.

Some of the recommendations in this report are directed to the secretary of transportation, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration because they are members of the Senior Policy Committee that oversees the JPDO.

Michael Hudson, Chair

Committee on Technology Pathways: Assessing the Integrated Plan for a Next Generation Air Transportation System

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Acknowledgments

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council (NRC). The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

George L. Donohue, George Mason University

Ilan Kroo, Stanford University

Richard C. Larson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Lauber, Airbus SAS

Michael S. Nolan, Purdue University

Agam Sinha, MITRE Corporation

Richard W. Taylor, Boeing (retired)

Ray Valeika, Delta Airlines (retired)

Bill G.W. Yee, Pratt & Whitney (retired)

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Robert J. Hermann, Global Technology Partners, LLC. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Tables and Figures

TABLES

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IPT Linkages Depicted in Chapter 7 of the Integrated Plan,

 

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Trust Fund Income and FAA Operational Expenses per IFR Operation, FY 2003 and 2004,

 

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FIGURES

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Organization of the JPDO and the Senior Policy Committee,

 

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Airport and Airway Trust Fund: income and expenditures,

 

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