Implementation of the NextGen air traffic control system could allow advanced short-runway airliners and large commercial tiltrotors to improve the U.S. air system's capacity without compromising conventional aircraft operations, according to a new study. The NASA-funded study looked at the potential introduction of five classes of advanced aircraft -- 737-sized cruise-efficient short-takeoff-and-landing (CESTOL) airliners, 100-passenger tiltrotors, unmanned aircraft, very light jets (VLJ) and supersonic transports -- and found that the CESTOL and tiltrotor aircraft would be beneficiaries of NextGen.

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