08:33 AM

DFW International Airport Unveils “NextGen” Informational Kiosk Inside Terminal C

Interactive display designed to educate passengers about scope and benefits of next generation air traffic control system

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport today unveiled an interactive kiosk that explains NextGen, the next generation air traffic control solution from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The informational kiosk, located at Terminal C, Gate 17, is designed to educate the public about NextGen and the benefits it will create. NextGen is an umbrella term for the ongoing transformation of the National Airspace System to enable more efficient use of airspace and airports.

“This kiosk is another way that DFW Airport can serve as an active and involved supporter of NextGen technologies, and share the great story with our customers,” said Jim Crites, executive vice president of operations for DFW International Airport. “We are firm believers that NextGen will allow our current aviation infrastructure to be better utilized, and that it will make air travel more efficient and safer.”

"The FAA has made tremendous strides in developing and implementing new technologies that will meet the needs of travelers during the next century," said Teri Bruner, the FAA's Southwest Region Administrator. "We are excited to work with DFW Airport on this NextGen kiosk because it gives us an opportunity to share our progress directly with the traveling public."

DFW Airport is an industry leader as an active design and implementation site for NextGen, working closely with the FAA and NASA on a number of projects that comprise the NextGen system. DFW has served as the development site for the ground radar system known as ASDE-X, the flight path optimization system known as Area Navigation or R-NAV, and other systems that are part of NextGen.

The implementation of NextGen should result in greater efficiencies in air traffic management, which will allow airlines schedule more flights, realize fuel savings and emissions reductions through the optimization of DFW’s airfield and the surrounding airspace.

The NextGen interactive kiosk was jointly developed by the FAA and DFW Airport.

Last summer, DFW Airport and its owner cities and host cities declared August 1 as NextGen Day in North Texas. The cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Coppell, Euless, Grapevine and Irving each issued proclamations in support of NextGen, as did the DFW Airport Board of Directors.

For more information about NextGen, visit http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/