Early Tuesday morning, DayJet Corporation signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin a five-year, phased implementation of proven NextGen technologies throughout Florida in collaboration with Florida Department of Transportation Aviation Office and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The agreement establishes a government-industry partnership responsible for developing procedures to be used for the accelerated deployment of NextGen technologies nationally, integrating real-time surveillance and performance data in the air carrier’s network control system, and setting the stage for automated flight planning and disruption recovery.
Setting the stage for the first integrated implementation of NextGen capabilities for passenger services in the continental US, the DayJet NextGen project is also the first to focus on the safe expansion of airspace outside metropolitan areas via small community airports using modern very light jet (VLJ) aircraft operated by a Part 135 on-demand air carrier.
The news follows the March 10, 2008 announcement by Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters that Florida will serve as the national testbed for accelerating NextGen, as reported by ANN.
DayJet will work closely with state and federal agencies to develop priorities for airspace procedures and airport capabilities. Under the agreement, over the next five years DayJet will operate its Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) fleet with equipment that will enable it to provide the government with data that comprise some of the key components of NextGen, which are necessary to achieve Performance-Based Air Traffic Management System.