The State of Pennsylvania, USA has announced steps to make air travel safer and more efficient by adopting a recommendation from the Governor's Aviation Advisory Committee to begin using new technology at its airports.
Airports will reportedly start using advanced technologies for general aviation pilots, called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast systems, by the end of this year. In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is using the systems at Allentown's Queen City Airport, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Lancaster Airport and University Park Airport in State College.
The ground stations at the four airports will provide coverage for most of the eastern part of the state while Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast coverage across the entire state is planned within four years. The system was developed by the FAA and it was tested in Alaska and first implemented along the East Coast between Florida and New Jersey.
The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system includes several technologies, including Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation system data links, weather radar and multifunction cockpit displays. It reportedly expands far beyond the radar systems now in use.
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The technology will be operational by year's end and should make air travel safer and more efficient.
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