FAA and NASA Test NextGen Tech to Shorten Flights and Cut Delays

It’s near the end of a long flight. You’ve been stuck in the middle seat for hours, elbowed by your neighbors, left starving by an airline that stopped offering meals years ago. At least, you think, it’s almost over. Until the pilot’s voice comes through the speakers: Hey folks, things are a bit gummed up on the ground, so we’re gonna do another loop before touching down. The misery continues.

But not for much longer. This month, the FAA and NASA are running a series of trial flights aimed at making airport arrivals far more efficient. It’s just one part of NextGen, the FAA’s decades-long, $35 billion overhaul of America’s aging, inefficient air traffic control system. By…

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