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As part of the push for jobs creation, the chairman of American Airlines and AMR Corporation made a pitch to the Obama Administration for funding for a new GPS-based tracking system for commercial air traffic control.
The current system is based upon radar technology from as long ago as World War II, and has served the nation well. But, with new advances, GPS Tracking stands to be a better, more reliable system.
Here is how GPS Tracking can improve commercial airline travel:
Under the existing system, pilots rely upon information relayed to them from air traffic controllers on the ground. A new system would allow pilots to make better judgments about the track of their travel to help maintain safe distances between other aircraft.
Not only could air traffic controllers help direct traffic, but also airline pilots would be able to see the same views of air traffic patterns in the cockpit as well. This would help pilots and air traffic controllers to work in concert rather than having pilots be dependent solely upon the information given to them.
An improved system would bring with it improved service schedules to customers. Providing better monitoring of airline traffic to the commercial carriers would allow them to use the instant information to update customers on arrivals and delays that occur from weather and other related occurrences.
Being able to better manage air traffic can help save fuel costs by better planning of air traffic into and out of busy airports. Better overall service can be delivered by fewer people. The current air traffic control system requires multiple operators on each sector during a given shift. With GPS Tracking systems implemented, it is possible that those numbers could be reduced because of the higher amount of and better information that is obtained from the system.
Changing the system to GPS Tracking-based makes sense on so many levels. The current talk revolves around cost and who will pick up the bill. Airline companies are hurting financially and want to keep their investment as low as possible. And, with cost-cutting on the mind of most federal agencies these days, one wonders how this will get accomplished any time soon. It will happen, but just at a slower pace than anticipated.
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