I haven’t talked personally to the Big Guy, but I’ve heard from some elves I happen to know that Santa wishes the Federal Aviation Administration would move a little faster to upgrade the nation’s navigation system. Right now, your average American car’s GPS system is more sophisticated than a commercial jetliner that in some cases relies on World War II technology.
The federal government, airlines, pilots, and airports have been working for years on what’s called the NextGen Air Transportation System that promises more direct and precise flight paths. That will mean savings on fuel, less pollution, and more on-time flights since planes will be able to fly closer together safely.
But while this year saw some improvements, especially in the North Atlantic region, the entire system now has a target completion date of 2020. The FAA expects between now and full implementation, improvements will mean $38 billion in estimated benefits.
A lot of people, including Santa, will appreciate that. Holiday best to you from the gang at Rudy Maxa’s World.