Virgin America by mid-2014 will likely be the first airline to begin using a new NASA-developed software application designed to help pilots save time or fuel by optimizing routing and altitude during the climb and cruise portion of a flight. The capabilities are part of the NASA Langley Research Center’s Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), an advisory application designed to be installed on electronic flight bags (EFBs) in the cockpit. Armed with a time or fuel-saving alternative, pilots ...


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