Unless the U.S. government exempts the FAA budget from the looming budget cuts, known as sequestration, the NextGen air traffic modernization process could be imperiled, former House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar tells Aviation Week. “The AIP [Airport Improvement Program] and facilities and equipment budgets should be exempt,” Oberstar says. “The operations budget should be 80% exempt.” The sequestration process could slash $1.5 trillion from ...

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