Airports Start Using New Equipment For Airspace Makeover

DENVER (AP) - Denver International Airport's aviation manager says the airport is one of a handful in the country beginning to work with technology to switch from a radar-based system of tracking planes to a more precise satellite system.

Kim Day told Colorado lawmakers in a briefing Tuesday that the new system will allow airplanes to safely fly closer together and increase traffic capacity.
Day says the new satellite system is part of a plan by the Federal Aviation Administration that is as much as 20 years away from full implementation. Part of the so-called airspace redesign will also rely on airplanes getting new computers installed to make landings easier.

Day says other airports starting to test the new technology include Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth.