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Joe Devito, a pilot with JetBlue Airways, is shown having his skills tested by a flight simulator based on the NextGen air traffic control technology, which relies on GPS instead of radar to keep track of planes’ positions. NextGen is expected to reduce flight delays, because air traffic controllers will be able to safely allow more planes to be in the air at the same time.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.