The Aerospace Industries Association has applauded last week's FAA announcement that most aircraft must be equipped with NextGen avionics by 2020. The new system "represents a quantum leap forward over the current radar-based air traffic control system, and when the Next Generation Air Transportation System is fully operational, it will bring enormous economic and environmental benefits to the nation," said AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey. As "required airborne infrastructure," Blakey said the federal government should find ways to help fund the mandate for commercial and general aviation operators.

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