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Rep. John Lewis Comments on FAA Metroplex Initiative NextGen Air Control Modernization at Hartsfield-Jackson

March 1, 2012
Press Release

ATLANTA – Today Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Michael Huerta,visited Atlanta to announce an air traffic control tower modernization project at Hartfield-Jackson Airport called Next Generation Transportation.  Within the NextGen program there is a satellite navigation system initiative called Metroplex which will the FAA believes will improve the flow in and out of all the airports in the Atlanta/Charlotte region by subjecting it to a traffic analysis which will allow officials to determine how to streamline and improve procedures over the two cities.

According to the an FAA brief, the initiative is a collaboration between FAA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Delta Air Lines, USAirways, and the Atlanta and Charlotte area airports. Because of the initiative, travellers should experience fewer delays, quicker flights, and a greener, safe travel experience due to reduced time in the air, less fuel consumption and thus fewer carbon emissions.

Rep. Lewis made this statement based on the announcement:

“I wish I could have been there for this to welcome Acting Administrator Huerta to the 5th District, but we had votes in Washington today.  I congratulate the strong coalition between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, USAirways and Charlotte airport in this effort.

“The NextGen technology was a cornerstone of the long-stalled federal FAA reauthorization bill, so I am glad it is finally coming into fruition. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the largest passenger airport in the world, has an outstanding track-record of managing federal grants and executing innovative programming.  I think this project seems to be in good hands.

“Hopefully Metroplex will help realize the goals of the NextGen initiative by increasing passenger travel and business through Atlanta.  More business means more jobs for Metro Atlanta’s residents.”