Despite their differing philosophies on funding, a wide variety of aviation groups testified last week on Capitol Hill in support of a $70 billion FAA reauthorization bill that includes development of the NextGen air traffic control system. "We're unified, all believing in our unique perspectives that the FAA reauthorization needs to go forward and go forward for a four-year period," said AOPA President Craig Fuller, adding that fuel taxes continue to represent the best funding mechanism for the agency. With commercial, business and general aviation groups all "on the same page," observers are hopeful that long-term funding for the FAA will pass this year after stalling in the last Congress.

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