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Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation’s busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

Controllers and pilots will still use their radios for quick exchanges like clearance for takeoff and in emergencies and situations where time is critical. But the nation’s air traffic system is gradually shifting to text messages for a majority of flying instructions.

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Outlet: The Associated Press
Author: Joan Lowy
Type: Online
Date: September 27, 2016
Title: Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text messaging
Link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/pilots-air-traffic-controllers-shifting-text-messaging-42400634