The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Monday the activation of new NextGen technology that will help pilots through bad weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado. The technology, known as Wide Area Multilateration (WAM), is expected to improve safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage. WAM acts like radar but instead of using a spinning dish to find planes, the technology uses large sensors to pick up the signal from plane transponders. The Colorado Department of Transportation paid to install the sensors and the FAA maintains and operates the system.
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