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GPS-based System May Improve Air Travel

The Federal Aviation Administration has unveiled a new air traffic control system, ADS-B, that incorporates the Global Positioning System to more accurately track airplanes in flight. Tom Bearden examines ADS-B, which the FAA has promised will make air travel safer and easier.

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    Next, a Science Unit report on a new air traffic control system the government hopes will eventually take some of the hassle out of air travel. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden reports.

  • TOM BEARDEN, NewsHour Correspondent:

    This is the future of air traffic control. A moving map display tells pilots like Bryce Alber exactly where they are, what other planes are in the vicinity, wherever there are any terrain hazards to avoid, and gives them constantly updated weather information.

    How accurate is this?

  • BRYCE ALBER, Hagland Aviation:

    Dead on. These things are down to within feet, so they're very accurate.