Alaska Airlines, FAA to test GPS-based landing system

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2012/04/10/alaska-airlines-faa-to-test.html

    Some Alaska Airlines passengers should start noticing smoother descents into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this June as the airline starts testing satellite-based air traffic control technology in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration .

    The tests are first forays into replacing the nation’s radar-based air traffic control system with a more efficient global positioning system, a variant of the familiar GPS system used for automobile navigation. The system allows planes to take a more direct gradual descent rather than the stepped, stop-and-go descents that planes currently take to land.

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    I haven't noticed my AS descents into SEA as unsmooth, typically.
     
  3. Colonel G
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    I am somewhat of an expert on this system, known as ADS-B, and it has nothing to do with a smoother landing. It should result in a faster flight since planes will not be stuck to set air traffic routes set by the FAA and instead can take more direct routes to their destinations. Compare it to driving on the freeways versus having a flying car that could take you straight to where you want to go.
     

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