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A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers

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Aircraft carrier traffic

Missy Cummings and student Jason Ryan work on a virtual planning tool designed to organize planes and personnel on aircraft carrier deck.

William Litant

On the deck of an aircraft carrier, where up to 60 aircraft are crammed into 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares), real estate is at a premium. While aircraft directors wave fighter jets out of the landing strip, maintenance crews work at the ship's edges, refueling parked planes and repairing deck machinery.

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