Business students at Black Hills State University and engineering students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will team up to develop a low-cost version of aviation technology that will soon be required by the Federal Aviation Administration, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
Transponders that allow pilots to visually track other aircraft in the area on their control panel will be required by 2020. Currently, transponders allow air traffic controllers to track aircraft on a screen.
In the collaboration, SDSM&T students will develop the technology, and BHSU students will develop a business plan. Faculty members have already begun working on the project.
The technology could be tested personally by the presidents of the two universities, both of whom are pilots.
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