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DOT IG Sees Expensive, Lengthy Development For Data Link
DOT Office of Inspector General (OIG) says developing digital data link technology to meet growing demand for air travel will be a "complex, long-term effort" of "substantial but uncertain" costs. The technology has been under development at FAA for 15 years and was to be in use at selected air traffic control facilities by late 1996, the OIG said. Estimates now are that data link "will be in use at only one location in mid- 2002 - six years later than anticipated," the OIG said.