Government and airline officials are weighing the costs of overhauling the United States’ flight control system.
A proposed plan would replace 50-year-old radar technology with a state-of-the-art GPS tracking system that would allow planes to fly closer together and increase the frequency of take-offs and landings.
The new system could potentially save airlines millions in fuel costs and significantly decrease pollution.
However, the monumental costs of implementing such a system (especially in a battered economy) could prevent it from getting off the ground.
Officials estimate that the government and airline industry would need to invest between $29 billion and $42 billion for equipment, software, and training by the year 2025.
Source: Detroit Free Press