Are there collaborations being established to accomplish goals in Global Positioning System procurement?
NextGen ideas run from totally automated execution to totally human (manual) execution.
Research is needed to identify human factors issues now.
It is particularly important to focus on who is in charge.
The environmental challenge is both an execution issue and a policy issue.
NextGen is a technology issue (i.e., what is possible?)
Are there any radically different or revolutionary ideas about what constitutes an aircraft (e.g., modular airplanes or systems)?
Does the plan take into account how new systems enter the aviation system?
Can planners be opportunistic in introducing new functionality?
How can the changes that systems must accommodate be limited to one rather than several?
Is there concern with legacy aircraft and/or concern with continuing to hire for the current air traffic management system rather than for future aircraft and NextGen?
Is it recognized that having only one concept for the future is a problem?
What skills will be needed 10 years out?
What human factors work is needed to understand what criteria are important to guide hiring?
Can the Department of Homeland Security (namely, the Coast Guard) help by providing a standard for the enhanced long-range navigation system (eLORAN)?
What are the developmental issues for eLORAN?
What is the performance of the systems? What are the limits on accuracy? How much can be invested? Do systems have backward compatibility?
How will satellite constellations and their placement affect performance?
The current system is brittle. Failure can suddenly occur when perturbations occur in the system (e.g., bad weather). Can JPDO “spec out” a less brittle system?
Is there any research that is investigating the extent to which a conflict between “official” and “airline” sources of weather information will lead to problems?
What research will be done to explore necessary levels of spatial and temporal resolution?
What happens when a pilot is routed through a weather cell?
What is the impact on other planes routed in that area?
What is the pilot’s responsibility for decision making on going through a cell?
Are clearances/trajectories advisory or compulsory?
How does the industry develop insurance for mitigation of risk?
Is there any research planned to investigate consumer reaction to changes in departure times for weather/other potential delays?
Is sufficient research being planned and conducted in the areas of data handling and communications as applied to weather information?