Aircraft emissions add to pressure for NextGen

10/9/2009 | TIME (subscription required)

Concerns over climate change are adding to the pressure for a modernized U.S. air traffic control system, TIME reports. Under threat of a carbon tax, the aviation industry wants pilots to fly the straightest routes possible, but current radars force inefficient zig-zagging. If the NextGen system is rolled out by 2018 as planned, the industry will use about 1 billion gallons less fuel, the FAA estimates.

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