Some of the president's top advisers are pushing federal assistance to help cash-strapped airlines install the advanced avionics needed to make the NextGen air-traffic control system a reality. But White House budget hawks are opposing the plan, which could cost $10 billion over five years, according to The Wall Street Journal. Many industry groups have joined forces to support the push for avionics upgrades, and they have found support among transportation officials and Lawrence Summers, the senior White House economic adviser. "We have a terrific window of opportunity here, and we shouldn't squander it," says Marion Blakey, CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.
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