New FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

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Aviation regulator plans to roll out devices to reduce delays ahead of departure

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According to the FAA, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, the system reduced delays by more than 900 hours, or an average of 15 minutes of wait times for approximately 3,600 departing flights, during a four-year test period. The agency said carriers also save on fuel and reduce carbon emissions by avoiding idling.

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Officials said the FAA plans to add new tools to manage aircraft traffic at airports as part of its efforts to modernize air transportation.

“We should see fewer delays on taxiways and better on-time performance over time at major airports,” FAA Administrator Steve Dixon said at a briefing Tuesday.

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Through July of this year, about 16% of departures were late, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a federal agency. This is up from 9% during the same period last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic sharply cut demand for air travel.

Air-traffic controllers using the system will have better visibility into the data airlines are using to operate flights, allowing controllers to be more specific about predicting departures on time and avoiding obstacles on the ground. Permission is granted, Mr. Dixon said.

According to an FAA spokesperson, the software tool is expected to be available at 27 major airports across the country within five to 10 years. Airlines must choose to participate in the system, which relies on companies to share data with the agency.

Officials at some carriers said they plan to work with the FAA on the effort. David Seymour, American Airlines Group Chief of Operations Inc.,

Said the airline is looking forward to seeing the technology applied across the industry.

“Small changes to the way we operate can make a meaningful difference in reducing emissions, plus our customers will appreciate the fewer delays on taxi out and takeoff,” he said.

Agency administrator Bill Nelson said the software tools, which the FAA plans to roll out, were developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of that agency’s focus on aeronautics. had gone.

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