Cleveland-Hopkins Airport in line for new, cutting edge technology

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CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned federal and local officials will soon make a big announcement about new technology at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport designed to reduce delays for travelers, manage air traffic better, and even help airlines save fuel.

The announcement will involve what’s called Next Gen radar. An FAA website shows Cleveland is one of 12 “Metroplex” areas with it. Next Gen radar promises to help pilots have much more precise flights paths and even find routes around bad weather systems.

The new technology is satellite-based. In some ways, it’s similar to the GPS system you may have in your car. However, the airport technology is much more detailed.

Cleveland air controllers just moved into a new tower months ago.

In fact, the I TEAM has also learned, sometime next year Cleveland-Hopkins will also start using a new ground-based system to help controllers see aircraft and vehicle movements on taxiways and runways.

We’ve learned Cleveland has been included in the early Next Gen rollout in part because of the amount of air traffic that flows through Northeast Ohio and how that affects other airports.

FOX 8 will be there when we get a chance to hear more about this and how it could affect you and your travels.

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