Delays Threaten FAA's $40B Air Traffic Control Overhaul

Law360, New York (December 19, 2013, 6:17 PM EST) -- Management and scheduling failures threaten the Federal Aviation Administration's $40 billion NextGen acquisition, an ambitious effort to overhaul the country's air traffic control system, according to a Monday report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general.

NextGen, the FAA's largest-ever procurement, would replace 1960s-era radar with GPS satellite navigation, replace radio transmitted communications with emailed and digital communications, and require airlines to use new technology that allows pilots and air traffic controllers to better access real-time air traffic and weather data.

The new technology would...
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