10/10/2008

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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