Portland bound flights to use NextGen in 2013

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Pilots will begin using new procedures on flights into Portland International Airport from 2013, as part of ongoing efforts to implement the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

"These procedures will continue to enhance operational safety and efficiency at this important airport while improving air quality around Portland," says acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta.

NextGen will change the US' ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system, and uses new area navigation (RNAV) approach procedures to increase safety and efficiency. The FAA is targetting to implement NextGen in stages through 2025.

"NextGen GPS technology is the basis for new RNAV approach procedures, which replace procedures that do not have the benefit of precise, satellite-based navigation. Aircraft approaching Portland can now power back sooner, saving fuel, making less noise and emitting fewer pollutants," says the FAA.