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Changi charting path to speedier landings

CAAS studying satellite-based system to help planes land faster

Published on Mar 5, 2014 8:38 AM
The optimal use of runways and airspace is critical with airline passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific expected to grow by more than 6 per cent annually over the next two decades. -- ST FILE PHOTO

TRAVELLERS could experience quicker landings in future even as Changi Airport handles a growing number of flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is studying the feasibility of using satellite-based technology to guide aircraft to land, The Straits Times has learnt.

Unlike the current system, which uses radio signals, the new technology is more precise.

Planes can be pinpointed more accurately, so air traffic controllers can bring aircraft closer together without compromising safety standards.

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