US FAA Administrator Marion Blakey reminded lawmakers in Washington yesterday that the FAA reauthorization deadline is looming and warned that the current ATC system is in dire need of modernization. "There is no rebound or a recovery available for the system today," she said in a speech delivered at a Capitol Hill gathering promoting the agency's plan to transfer to a satellite-based "NextGen" ATC system by 2025 (ATWOnline, April 6). "Make no mistake. This is a steady slide toward gridlock. ...

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