The latest news on FAA's NextGen air traffic control system is hopeful but worrisome. Progress has been made, conceptually and practically. The equipment for future ATC techniques is not terribly expensive but must be funded by many airlines and some governments that are themselves financially weak. Return on NextGen investment will eventually be handsome, but eventually is not soon enough for cash strapped carriers. Delays are feared because money is tight, complex choices must be made ...


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