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Air Traffic Control — America’s biggest infrastructure project

Our nation’s current air traffic control (ATC) system is operating on technology from the 1960s. Aging radars still slowly sweep to determine the location of aircraft. Controllers use scraps of paper to keep track of planes. And, aircraft radios still use old-fashion knobs and dials.

The country is spending far more than necessary for fuel because of the age-old way planes are routed across the country. In some cases, they fly zig-zagging along corridors that were created when bonfires were lit to let pilots see the next destination on a cross-country journey. Only a few years ago the air traffic controllers were sourcing vacuum tubes from the Czech Republic because no company in the USA manufactured them.

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Outlet: Travelers United
Author: Charlie Leocha
Type: Online
Date: March 16, 2017
Title: Air Traffic Control — America’s biggest infrastructure project
Link: https://travelersunited.org/policy-columns/air-traffic-control-americas-biggest-infrastructure-project/