Delaying in landing after a long flight is quite torturous, especially if you’re stuck in the middle seat. To soothe the misery a bit, NASA and FAA are conducting a series of trial flights to test new air traffic control technology. It is aimed at making airport arrival faster and more efficient. The trial is being held at Grant County International Airport in Washington State.
Why the current system is slow
Current air traffic control system uses radar data to guide airplanes into the land. Talking the pilot through the landing process. The process is bit slow and faulty, thus makes the whole landing process delayed.
“The problem is that because radar data is imprecise—and because voice communication between humans introduces delays—greater spacing between airplanes is necessary,” says NASA project manager Leighton Quon.
To conduct the whole test, NASA and FAA dubbed the air traffic control tests known as Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration-1 or ATD-1. They are flying a Boeing 757, a Honeywell business jet, and a Boeing 737. Utilizing the plane-guiding tech around the airport so researchers who are in charge can assess the productivity of the technology.
Why this is better
The new system is using an onboard GPS receiver and data transmitter known as ADS-B. It is an efficient way to broadcast an aircraft’s position to other aircraft as well as the ground controller. Instead of talking to an air traffic controller, the pilot needs to follow the automated directions transmitted to an electronic flight bag.
The tests are so far successful. The airplanes are conveniently getting guidelines from that GPS-based technology from cruise altitudes at 35,000 feet. The test could run through 28th February.