In 2006 there were 3 near misses in the NYC area skies according to the FAA. In 2007, there have been 7 so far and 5 of them happened in May. The head of the air traffic controllers union said that passengers should be seriously concerned. Ok. I'm concerned and now what?
What's the difference between a near miss and a near collision?
Speaking of air travel, did you know that the US is still using a 1950's era air traffic control network? And 1960's technology? Some think it will be hard to convince congress that an upgrade is necessary because accident rates are low. But radar is slow and GPS is fast. With an expected jump of 78% in air travel by 2025, it would behoove congress to vote to upgrade the system.
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