April 29

(HOUSTON CHRONICLE) The highways in the sky need upgrading to avoid gridlock and save fuel.   And as part of this year’s spending bill, Congress is debating the Federal Aviation Administration’s budget, which includes funds to continue implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System, commonly known as NextGen.

NextGen takes the nation’s airspace from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system. When complete, it will allow planes to fly on more direct routes, saving fuel.

“It will move us from radar to satellite, from radio to data communications, from traditional airways to streamlined routes,” FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt told a House aviation subcommittee last month. “Knowing what the future holds, it is imperative that we transform our national aviation system and the FAA over the next 15 years.”  For the complete article, visit http://bit.ly/haXhLo