The End of Air Traffic Control. I’ve written about this going back at least 11 years.
Allowing planes and pilots to operate in the skies much like cars, with technology and communications that allow them to direct themselves while coordinating with each other…offers some of the best hope for increasing the total capacity of the skies for air travel.
I realize it’s so far afield from how we currently do things that it’s almost unimaginable.
We’re already into the eleven figure range of spending on the FAA’s ‘NextGen’ air traffic control project, and have made only the smallest incremental improvements.
Is a radical rethink possible? Will my thinking here have any more merit or traction in 20 years than it does today?