Ghost Planes Clouding the Skies

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    Dozens of airplanes flying across an air traffic controller’s monitoring screen. Some are real. Others not. There’s no way for a controller to know the difference.

    That’s the hacking scenario many aviation experts warn could become a reality with adoption of a new method of tracking air traffic control.

    Called NextGen, it is a system of tracking and guiding airplanes using satellite based technology much like the GPS used in automobiles on the roads today.
    As part of the NextGen system, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to transition away from of using ground-based radar imaging to monitor air traffic and replace it with the GPS satellite based technology known as ADS-B.

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