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About the FAA's "NextGen" Project

Over the past few years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which controls all air space and flights, has implemented its NextGen effort across the nation. The FAA’s goal with NextGen is to improve safety and the efficiency of air carrier traffic by (in effect) narrowing departure and arrival paths down more specific and repeatable tracks.  John Wayne Airport departure paths

JWA Departure Patterns 

In our region, the FAA studied the 23 or so airports in and around Southern California (calling this the So Cal MetroPlex) and has implemented three new departure patterns for John Wayne Airport’s (JWA’s) major commercial air carriers. General Aviation planes generally do not fly these patterns. The three NextGen patterns out of JWA are known as:

  • PIGGN (for flights going east of Las Vegas - about half of all commercial carriers at JWA take this route);
  • FINZZ (for flights going to Las Vegas or Salt Lake City - <10 percent of all JWA flights go here); and
  • HHERO (for flights going north to the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle and more - a little over 40 percent of all JWA flights take this route).

NextGen's Major Carrier Departure Patterns at JW

 
Name of Departure
Pattern

% of Flights
that Use It
Key
Destinations
Date First
Implemented
Most Recent
Modification
Replaced 
PIGGN  A bit less
than 50%

Most places
east of
Las Vegas

March 2,
2017 
May 25,
2017 
STREL (RNAV)
FINZZ  Less than 10%  SLC, LAS  April 27,
2017 
 December 7,
2017

MUSEL
(Conv. SID)

HHERO 

A bit more
than 40% 

Bay Area,
PDX, SEA
April 27,
2017 
 October 12,
2017
CHANNEL
(Conv. SID)
 STAYY (RNP) Less than
10% 
DEN, PHX  March 29,
2018 
None  N/A 

 

For more information or to file a complaint, please contact the FAA or visit its NextGen website.

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