The FAA reportedly has agreed to a new three-year contract granting higher pay and better benefits to some 15,000 air traffic controllers. The new contract "marks a turning point in the relationship between the FAA and its air traffic controllers," said Patrick Forrey, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the agreement should allow the agency to "accelerate our efforts to adopt NextGen, the next-generation air transportation system."

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