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Last updated 5:44AM ET
July 19, 2018
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OU pairs up with federal agency for new airplane technology
(WOUB) - Ohio University's Avionics Engineering Center is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on technology to make air travel safer and faster.

The device is called ADSB, Automated Dependent Surveillance Broadcast.

It's similar to a GPS system you can find in cars.

Michael Braasch is director of the OU Avionics Center, which has a history of testing collaborations with the FAA on new navigational systems.

ADSB has lots of benefits for both pilots and air traffic controllers, and is expected to reduce congestion and delays at airports.

What's not so good, though, is the cost --an estimated $20 billion.

The per-plane place tag is at least $6,000 for small planes, and up to $300,000 for commercial airliners.

The FAA projects it will take until the year 2020 before ADSB is in every plane.
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