Ever since the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision the aviation industry has been trying to eliminate the chances of planes colliding but this is becoming more difficult with more planes in the skies than ever before. Air traffic controllers and new electronic systems are reducing the chances of mid air collisions but its the Next Generation Air Transportation System thats revolutionised the safety of air travel.
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This special looked at the role of air traffic controllers in the airline industry and examines the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a new technology meant to eliminate mid-air collisions by reducing overall dependence on radar and radio, as well as delegating some of the air traffic controllers' tasks to computers on board each aircraft.
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