An analysis by the Associated Press of federal and industry data shows that the NextGen air traffic control system, if it were in place today, would have saved the airline industry $5 billion in fuel costs this year. By 2025, FAA projections show, airlines could save $10 billion a year by flying the most direct route, guided by GPS technology. Today's 50-year-old, radar-based system is like "using an electric typewriter when others are using computers," says David Castelveter of the Air Transport Association. "It's a huge, huge drag on productivity." Robert Sturgell, acting administrator of the FAA, said: "The United States has been to the moon and back. I think the public deserves that same level of effort for our national airspace system."
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