In 2016, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America pilots are set to become trailblazers for a new generation of empowered airline employees flying increasingly connected aircraft.  The empowerment—giving pilots the tools to cut fuel costs or save time during the normally quiescent cruise portion of a flight—will come from a NASA-built software engine that constantly searches for a more fuel-efficient or quicker route anytime the aircraft is above 10,000 ft., using onboard ...


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