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Stories: Clear Skies

GPS for airplanes

Story Location: Washington, DC and Juneau, Alaska More stories in this location

Since the 1950s, America’s air traffic has been controlled with radar technology. But with 700 million air passengers a year and climbing, a new system is in the works.

Federal Aviation Administration head Randy Babbitt and Alaskan pilot Sam Wright discuss NextGen – the space-based GPS navigation system set to revolutionize the way we fly.

Shop PBS About the Presenter Yel Kwon