...While Total Transformation Is In The Works

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Tinkering with the current system is fine, but in the end, nothing less than a complete transformation will do the job -- so says the Joint Planning & Development Office, a federal agency that has taken on the task of designing the Next Generation Airspace System (NGATS) for the year 2025. The plan, released to Congress last month, outlines an ambitious vision for "transforming" airport infrastructure, security systems, air traffic operations, data distribution, safety, noise and pollution mitigation, and weather forecasts. NGATS also takes on the integration of emerging technologies such as remotely operated vehicles, spacecraft and air taxis into the airspace system of the future. The plan received positive reaction from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which called it a "bold vision" and pledged support to make it a reality.