FAA has new system helping pilots avoid hitting mountains in bad weather. The acronym? WAM.

From Denver Post:

Ski tourists, airlines and airport officials will delight in a new air traffic technology that was implemented on Monday at Montrose Regional Airport, which is expected to decrease fuel burn and ensure passengers reach the slopes despite Colorado’s precarious weather.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Colorado Department of Transportation are rolling out the Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system designed to help pilots safely land airplanes in mountainous regions — a feat previously frustrated whenever severe weather hit.

“It gives us radar-like coverage in areas that are not covered by radar,” Michael P. Huerta, FAA Acting Administrator, told The Denver Post. “With the expansion of Montrose, going into ski season it gives us some more visibility.”

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