FAA tests flight planning tool

FAA tests flight planning tool

The Federal Aviation Administration is testing technology developed by Computer Sciences Corp. to see if it can speed departures from some of the nation's busiest airports.

The Departure Spacing Program, a flight planning and coordination control tool, is one element of the FAA's Traffic Flow Management effort to safely reduce airplane proximity, officials said.

The system has been in use since April at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center and the Philadelphia Terminal Radar Approach Control Center, and at the New York area's LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports, and the Philadelphia airport.

One advantage to the system, which is expected to be rolled out in the Northeast, is that it lowers the amount of voice communication needed between pilots and air traffic controllers, officials said.

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