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Demo flight shows off benefits of NextGen

Reporters on a demonstration flight flying from Atlantic City, N.J. and Philadelphia could  monitor dozens of airplanes in their vicinity in real time, while pilots in the cockpit had to call air traffic control to get the information, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Federal Aviation Administration arranged the flight to show off the potential of satellite-based ADS-B technology — the nation’s air traffic control system of the future, called NextGen.