U.S. lawmakers are trying to pin down the impact of cost overruns and schedule delays on the Next Generation air traffic modernization effort—particularly coming as they do during a time of government-wide budget cuts. The U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General reiterates that a fundamental precursor of NextGen—known as En Route Automation Modernization—will be half of a billion dollars over budget. The IG believes it will be up to six years behind schedule. Although ...

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