“Implementing 55 new satellite-based routes on one day is a significant milestone in our work to modernize the air traffic control system,” said Dan Elwell, Acting FAA Administrator. “We are providing better access to busy airspace along the southern part of the East Coast, to the major international airports in Florida and beyond.”
The Agency also is designing high-altitude PBN routes from the northeast to join the new routes that began today. When the new route structure is completed, equipped aircraft will seamlessly fly on satellite-based routes along the East Coast to South Florida and the Caribbean.
The project is part of the FAA’s South-Central Florida Metroplex initiative. The Metroplex team designed the new routes, 39 are over water and 16 are over land. This brings the total number of PBN routes over the United States to 316. Get more facts about the South-Central Florida Metroplex on our website.
These new routes, along with other PBN procedures and new technologies, are part of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System. NextGen is moving the National Airspace System from ground-based radar to satellite-based navigation, from voice to digital communication, and from point-to-point data to a fully integrated information management system. These initiatives change how we see, navigate, and communicate in our nation’s skies.