The NextGen initiative could be put on hold due to sequestration. The program, which will shift air-traffic control systems to global positioning satellites from radar, will cost about $1 billion a year before it can be completed in 2025. "The investment that's required can be derailed in the course of a single year -- 2014 -- by the sequestration cuts," said Marion Blakey, chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association and a former Federal Aviation Administration administrator.

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