FAA Mandates All Aircraft Must Use GPS by 2020
But, in the long run, this new air traffic control system will save money and lives. With GPS, the location of every aircraft will be continuously broadcast, unlike the current radar-based system. Since pilots will have a better sense of where other planes are located, air traffic controllers can also space aircraft more closely together and put them on more direct flight path. In turn, saving time, fuel and money, since planes won't be in the sky as long.
There's no denying that the current air traffic control system is outdated. As the AP reports, we've been using the same technology to navigate planes since the 1940s. However, we worry how these requirements will affect airlines, and especially independent pilots who are forced to spend thousands of dollars on equipment upgrades. [From: AP/CBSNews]