If NASA is successful, a frustrating but accepted reality at busy U.S. airports—the inevitability of a “conga line” of aircraft on the taxiway waiting for departure—should begin fading into history before the turn of the decade. Solving the runway traffic jam initially will be a NASA-built scheduling system that fuses data from the FAA, airports, airlines and others to meter the movement of aircraft from the gate to the runway and into the surrounding airspace. ...
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