New Air Traffic Control System at Crossroads


The FAA is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.

Traffic capacity is expected to increase significantly with the FAA’s GPS-based NextGen system, which is also expected to save time, fuel and money by allowing more direct routes.

The difficulty at the crossroads is a budget conscious Congress that is hesitating over the cost of equipping planes with new technology. Also, experts are concerned the U.S. could lose its lead in the manufacture of high tech aviation equipment because the FAA is moving too slowly. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at