Blakey: Juneau airport shows the way for NextGen technology

America's most inaccessible state capital will become much more "approachable" by the end of the month when officials switch on satellite-based navigation at Alaska's Juneau International Airport, Marion C. Blakey, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, writes in this op-ed. "The technological leap will be something like going from no phones to cell phones -- and skipping over land lines entirely," Blakey writes, noting that ADS-B will make the airport safer and more efficient. But Juneau's giant stride only shows how much work is left for full implementation of the NextGen air traffic control system, Blakey concludes: "We need leadership and money and political will to create the national NextGen system America deserves."

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