US FAA announced that air traffic controllers in Houston have started using ADS-B for flights over the Gulf of Mexico. Administrator Randy Babbit called it a "significant, early step toward NextGen" for an area that has lacked radar coverage. Controllers previously "had to rely on an aircraft's estimated or reported, not actual, position," FAA said. Commercial aircraft at high altitude were kept as much as 120 mi. apart to ensure safety. ADS-B will allow the ...

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