US Dept. of Transportation submitted a $68 billion FY09 budget request to Congress including $14.6 billion to fund FAA, down from $14.9 billion enacted for FY08. The budget for the 12 months beginning Oct. 1 includes $9.67 billion for FAA's Air Traffic Organization, $2.1 billion for safety and operations, $2.75 billion for airport grants and $171 million for research, engineering and development. The agency said it plans to devote $688 million in FY09 to development of the Next-Gen ...

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