It took Congress seven years and 23 extensions to pass a bill to authorize funding and set policies for the FAA for the next four years. It took makers and users of NextGen air traffic management equipment about a day to recognize that while the FAA reauthorization bill makes welcome changes, realizing the full benefits of air traffic modernization is still a long way off. The funding picture in the bill is not quite what industry had hoped, and all signs point to the fact that it is ...

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