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Modern Technology

ATC currently uses antiquated, ground-based radar technology, that forces planes to travel from one tower, to be handed off to the next, often traveling out of their way, rather than in a straight, direct route. These movements are charted by controllers with paper slips, rather than technology behind smartphones and GPS that passengers and shippers use today. These outdated technologies result in unnecessarily long flight times and indirect routes, which adds time and cost and also uses more fuel.

The Problem: FAA Operates Antiquated Technology

The FAA currently operates on a “once every 30 years” replacement model and at some of its most essential facilities the technologies and infrastructure are 50 years old. While America’s elementary school children use iPads, air traffic controllers shuffle paper strips around the control tower to keep track of planes. In addition, the maintenance of obsolete technologies and infrastructure is increasingly difficult and unnecessarily costly. Modernized technology would allow planes to fly more direct routes and more efficiently utilize congested airspace, cutting flight times while burning less fuel and reducing emissions.

The Solution: Deliver a World Class System

A not-for-profit organization governed by a board of aviation stakeholders – rather than 535 members of Congress – will have the incentives and mechanisms to deliver state-of-the-art technology and more importantly, better service to its customers. Updated technology will create a world-class system, blending technology and workforce excellence to promote consistent technology upgrades. This would build on our safety record and operate the most efficient national airspace for the flying and shipping public.

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