New changes coming to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

- Some changes are coming to Charlotte's airport. The FAA discussed phase 2 of it's "Metroplex" initiative Thursday evening.

The goal is to make more efficient use of airspace by exchanging flight paths at altitudes above 3,000 feet.  

The upgrades are also designed to address outdated ground technology when it comes to handling arrivals and departures, and changing over to a new satellite system. 

One that provides more precise routes and a smoother ride, especially during descents. 

"The crew can literally pull the aircraft back into idle and slide down the banister if you will, to save fuel, reduce emissions, and most of all, save noise because the aircrafts are operating in a much lower power-setting," Dennis Roberts, regional administrator, FAA Southern Region said. 

This next phase is set to kick off on May 31 with more changes expected late summer. 

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