Columnist Emily Feliz says much of the general public could use an education about what the NextGen airspace modernization program is and why the U.S. aviation industry needs it, including to reduce delays, increase efficiencies and keep the aviation industry up to date with technology. "We need it urgently... to maintain our country’s status in the global economy. We’re reaching 'crunch time' as the first implementation deadlines near," she writes.

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