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Safer flying

June 16, 2007

Re "Carpool lanes for airplanes?" June 11

What a pleasure to hear of a new way to steer airplanes that is safer, faster and more efficient than the old zigzag pattern of navigation that has been around for years. By cutting the corner on landings, takeoffs and point-to-point flying, each airport runway can handle more planes an hour.

Airport neighbors should see a benefit in noise reduction. Airplanes will no longer have to fly for miles in the wrong direction before making turns toward their goal. The controlled airspace at airports can be simplified. The cost of this equipment ultimately will show up in the price of a ticket, but the benefits are well worth it.

DONALD NYRE

Newport Beach

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