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Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation’s busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

Controllers and pilots will still use their radios for quick exchanges like clearance for takeoff and in emergencies and situations where time is critical. But the nation’s air traffic system is gradually shifting to text messages for a majority of flying instructions.

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Outlet: The Associated Press
Author: Joan Lowy
Type: Online
Date: September 27, 2016
Title: Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging
Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/pilots-air-traffic-controllers-shifting-text-messaging-42400634

Don’t ground the American economy

Here we go again. With the end of the fiscal year looming, Congress is making noise about shutting down the federal government. While it looks like Washington may figure out a short-term spending bill to keep the government open we know this won’t be the last time the nation faces a potential shutdown.

More than a general annoyance that closes the Smithsonian museums and the National Parks for the public for a few days, the threat of a government shutdown is seriously harmful to the American economy. The clearest example is the nation’s air traffic control network. That’s the federal system that controls over 27,000 flights each day, allowing 2.2 million people to reach their destinations safely.

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Outlet: The Hill
Author: Robert Puentes
Type: Online
Date: September 16, 2016
Title: Don’t ground the American economy
Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/296261-dont-ground-the-american-economy

NATCA president: FAA falling behind on ATC technology

Here we go again. With the end of the fiscal year looming, Congress is making noise about shutting down the federal government. While it looks like Washington may figure out a short-term spending bill to keep the government open we know this won’t be the last time the nation faces a potential shutdown.

More than a general annoyance that closes the Smithsonian museums and the National Parks for the public for a few days, the threat of a government shutdown is seriously harmful to the American economy. The clearest example is the nation’s air traffic control network. That’s the federal system that controls over 27,000 flights each day, allowing 2.2 million people to reach their destinations safely.

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Outlet: Air Transport World
Author: Aaron Karp
Type: Online
Date: August 24, 2016
Title: NATCA president: FAA falling behind on ATC technology
Link: http://atwonline.com/associations/natca-president-faa-falling-behind-atc-technology

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