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Washington is spending so much -- -- And major problem now really -- to what dangerous one too because a planned to update.
Our aging air traffic control system.
Well it can't find the funds about forty billion dollars needed in the next dozen or so years so we don't have these midair collisions or any other kind of scares.
In our airline industry our next guest says this is when are spending issue gets really scary.
Because former Transportation Department official Maris diablo says this new so called next gen system must happen.
Mary why do you why is so behind this new system why do we need it's a bad cleaner air traffic control system for the nation's.
Well the new system is needed next -- is needed because it literally -- life -- it has the ability to make midair collisions and runway incursions in collisions -- thing of the past.
And those are some of our biggest problems that's where our loss of life occurs.
And what happens in the new system is literally the plane's computers are able to talk to each other and make sure that they are adequately separated that they don't collide.
It will ease the controller workforce and then of course it will be impossible not -- not like ten to to -- in the air but you also won't have incursions on the ground so.
This system will save lives but it is expense.
-- what essentially is happening now the airlines I think the airplanes are basically communicating via radar and they got to balance and make sure they're in the corridors.
With the same kind of air traffic control -- On their system right.
That's right our system is literally in 1936 is when it started a highway in the skies system.
You know like an old Jimmy Stewart movie in the planes get on these invisible highways in the sky controlled by radar.
And network for awhile except now our problem is the old radar systems are going down there and they're antiquated they're not being replaced because we are doing this build out of the new computer system.
Imagine -- like like S cellular telephone remember what -- -- like we had car phones in the early eighties.
Well that's what the system is like antiquated and now the computers have.
Have equipment just imagine the early computers -- computers now an airplane is the computer and assistant -- be able to get.
Let's running the Internet and the old IBM you know computer tubes -- the fifties that -- Are you upsetting you man about the spending that's done out of control -- -- fight in Washington and now we can afford to pay for his very vital system that we need.
To protect lines.
Well yes -- there's blame to go around for everyone now the FAA did mismanaged not millions but billions of dollars on this project that started in the eighty's it was scrapped in -- rebuild -- started in the -- billions -- -- -- so they get some of the blame.
As in the industry the industry the aviation industry both the owners of the aircraft airlines is -- They don't want to pay for at.
We can't have we can't put it all on ticket taxes and then congress drops the ball on funding bill putting this really every S and Europe by the -- is plowing ahead -- you wanna keep America headed industry.
Here sorry plowing ahead with this.
All right so we've got Europe on a so called GPS kind of a system the United States right I think has what 40% of their global air traffic does not happen at.
So you're saying blame all around but really who we really mad about.
Well -- that two parties and they're both Washington.
FAA because congress has to hold the F me speak to the fired they would appropriate this money and then watch where it goes we wouldn't be in this situation but hopefully they'll feel the pinch.
Because in the next three years without this system delays are going to increase 60% more in just three years so they'll know what if they don't get the job done.
Sell first and foremost congress and then the FA.
US Transportation Department.
Inspector general -- diablo always great to be with you thank.
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