US Congress Hears Testimony on GPS for Aviation
The US Congress has held a Subcommittee hearing on the uses and benefits of GPS to the aviation industry.
The Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) held a hearing yesterday to review the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a critical part of transportation infrastructure.
GPS is at the centre of FAA’s Next Gen air traffic control modernisation program, which will optimize air traffic controller performance, consolidate obsolete facilities, enhance safety improvements, and improve operational efficiency of the national airspace system. The Honorable John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Transportation, testified to the benefits of NextGen this morning: 'The FAA and industry have invested as much as $8 billion into NextGen. The FAA conservatively estimates that the benefits of NextGen will total $23 billion by 2018 and over $120 billion by 2030.'