We are moving to the next level of aviation with NextGen:
Compliments of the FAA.Gov:
What is NextGen?
Compliments of the FAA.Gov:
"NextGen is the transformation of how airplanes traverse the sky. It affects all of us: from the pilots that fly the planes, the passengers who enjoy the flights and the controllers who ensure the safety.
The thousands of planes overhead right now are flying indirect routes over radar towers. For close to six decades we have used this World War II era technology to transit the skies. NextGen is an upgrade to satellite-based technology.
Piece by piece we are installing this new system. It is a consistent and persistent effort to bring airplanes and airports online with NextGen technology.
Satellite navigation will let pilots know the precise locations of other airplanes around them. That allows more planes in the sky while enhancing the safety of travel. Satellite landing procedures will let pilots arrive at airports more predictably and more efficiently. And once on the ground, satellite monitoring of airplanes leads to getting you to the gate faster.
Already we are starting to see benefits. By the year 2018 we are expecting to see savings of hundreds of dollars per flight. Multiply that by the millions of flights that occur in a typical year and savings become extraordinary.
But most importantly, NextGen enhances the safety of what is already the safest airspace in the world. And it ensures our stellar safety history will continue in the same tradition.
What is NextGen? A new era of flight."
Wow... a new ERA of flight.
NextGen is the wave of the future, and one of the key factors is the use of two-way electronic messaging. I'm the first to say this is a fantastic way to communicate while flying across the ocean. We communicate, but the pilot still has the power to accept, deny, and is responsible for programing the FMC. (Flight Management Computer)
However... Concerning FedEx and the Memphis airport for implementation as a test market, Wayne Risher says, "The new system will feed electronic messages directly into flight management computers, eliminating the step of manually typing information into the computer."
What this means, is someone on the ground will be programming my plane from the ground. This goes far beyond communication.
What do you think?
Do you want someone else programming your plane?
I'm wondering what security systems they will have in place to prevent ground infiltration of our planes. Who will have access to compromise our flights and program them from afar? Being so close to the memory of 911 last week, and being a thriller writer, my mind is wandering. But I have to ask... "What if?"
I suspect this is the first step in removing the pilots. Once they prove they can be programmed without us, we'll be history. Of course... think of the savings!
What do you think? Do you want someone on the ground programing your plane? Would you rather have your pilot responsible for your life, or a programmer sitting on the ground? Before you answer, remember... the pilot is on the plane with you.
Enjoy the Journey!