THE US FEDERAL AVIATION Administration exists in a state of limbo. Despite debates featuring proposals and counterproposals that stretch back to early 2007, Washington lawmakers have been unable to reach agreement on how to fund the agency and its prized program: Transitioning US air traffic control to a satellite-based "NextGen" system. Since Sept. 30, 2007, when FAA's authorization expired, it has been funded via a succession of temporary budget extensions and headed by an acting ...

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