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The Extra Mile: New Technology Could Save You Time When Flying

7:00 AM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Delays and long wait times are a major concern when flying.  There's a new technology rolling out at Dulles Airport that may just be the solution to our travel woes.

D.C.-area airports are some of the busiest in the country. In fact, take-offs and landings at Reagan National in 2011 were the highest in a decade, and the demand is increasing in our area.  

Until now, flights have tracked through radar, with planes following the so-called highway in the sky. But that system is being modernized to new GPS satellites, improving communication for the air traffic industry. You may feel the difference at Dulles Airport.

It all works through ground stations which provide real-time updates on flights and ground crews across the country to a central location in VA, every second, 24/7.

The technology helps pilots and air traffic controllers communicate more efficiently, and assists airports in handling unexpected traffic. The FAA has mandated that all large aircraft must be equipped with this updated satellite equipment by 2020 at a cost of $10,000 to upwards of $100,000 a piece.

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