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Bozeman Airport Installs New Air Traffic Control System

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Airport officials said in the last three years, the Bozeman Yellowstone International airport has grown by 25%.

Since the airport has grown, officials are looking for better ways to serve it's passengers.

A new system at the Bozeman Yellowstone National airport will help flights take off and land faster.

The terminal radar approach control is an air traffic control system that will allow multiple air crafts to come in and out of the airport at a time.

"The person looking at the radar screen, watching making sure the air craft have enough separation between them on the correct approaches or departures in and out of the airport," said Brian Sprenger, airport director.

Before, flights would have to wait until another flight was at least 11,000 feet in the air before they could take off.

"We can continuously have airplanes arriving and departing," said Sprenger. "Before we would have one airplane enter the air space below 11,000 feet and that would tie up all that air space until he gets on the ground."

Sprenger said the system is like a highway in the sky and air crafts can be as close as three minutes apart.

"Now we can have an airplane enter the air space then another one following while another airplane is taking off," said Sprenger.

Charlie Cromwell travels through the Bozeman airport about once a month. He thinks the new air traffic system is a great addition to the airport.

"I'm glad to hear it's here. I think the radar will really help landing and take off," said Cromwell.

He said he has had to wait for other flights, multiple times.

"I have noticed it as much taking off, but I have noticed when I come into town every once in a while the plane will have to circle around for a while," said Cromwell.

"The improvements in the air traffic control has been in the works for about 15 years and cost the airport about $4 million."

The air craft control system is already in the Billings, Missoula and Great Falls airports.

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