GPS to make Gulf flights safer, faster, more efficient

Air traffic controllers will soon be able to peer into a "giant blind spot" over the Gulf of Mexico when a modern GPS system replaces 50-year-old radars that cannot see far beyond the shoreline. ITT Corp., under a contract with the FAA, is building a network of broadcasting towers on oil rigs that will help give pilots and controllers real-time information on the exact whereabouts of other aircraft. "We've used radar for the past 50 years and it has served us well, but it has reached its limits," says an FAA official in charge of upgrading the Gulf system.

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