US airlines will have to invest $20-$25 billion through 2025 to equip aircraft for FAA's planned satellite-based NextGen system, according to ATA President and CEO James May, who spoke yesterday at the agency's annual Aviation Forecast Conference in Washington. "I think a lot of people don't understand the magnitude of the task we have before us [in shifting from ground-based radar to satellite ATC]," May said. "We've got 140,000 different ground-based installations in the current structure. ...

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