FAA changes Houston sky corridors to save money

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has completed a project that redesigns the Houston region’s highways in the sky and better utilizes GPS technology.

It is the first completed NextGen project, a national initiative to save money, fuel and time while cutting pollution. Houston’s was one of 14 infrastructure projects selected to be fast-tracked by the Obama administration.

The redesign of flight corridors is expected to reduce up to 648,000 nautical miles flown annually, saving up to 3 million gallons of fuel and reducing carbon emissions by as much as 31,000 metric tons.

It was launched in January 2012 and was expected to take three years to complete. By streamlining reviews, the Federal Aviation Administration said it was able to wrap it up in 30 months.

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