The path traced today by planes arriving at airports is a tangle of wasted time and fuel. A startup near Seattle has a program that makes landings simpler, shorter - and smarter.
There is a better way. A startup called Naverus has developed a new FAA-approved method of air navigation. The company says its technology, developed to help pilots avoid mountaintops in Alaska, can cut fuel costs 10%.
Naverus's GPS-based system programs flight paths and downloads them to onboard gear. Rather than following a flight plan that navigates from one radio transmitter on the ground to the next (which is often not the shortest route between two airports), it calculates the most efficient route from takeoff to landing. The pilot sets the course, and the system does the rest. Smoother flights (nice) and fewer delays (nice!!) ensue.
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