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Rep. Young Commends Alaska Airlines At Transportation Hearing


Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young attended a hearing this morning held by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation titled “NextGen: Area Navigation (RNAV)/Required Navigation Performance (RNP).”  RNAV routes are highways in the sky that use satellites in lieu of ground technology, which allow the planes to follow more direct and efficient paths. 

Since 1996, Alaska Airlines has pioneered Required Navigation Performance and has reported a fuel savings of more than 182,000 gallons during the first nine months of 2007 from flying direct routes rather than the traditional zigzag pattern.  Alaska Airlines uses this technology at remote and geographically challenging airports throughout the state of Alaska. 

To view Rep. Young at today’s hearing, click here.

July 30, 2009

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