Congress passes bill authorizing $63 billion for FAA, including $11 billion for NextGen development

A bill to speed the nation’s switch from radar to NextGen, an air traffic control system based on GPS technology being developed in Egg Harbor Township, received congressional approval.
The bill authorizes $63.4 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration over four years, including about $11 billion toward the air traffic system and its modernization. It accelerates the modernization program by setting a deadline of June 2015 for the FAA to develop new arrival procedures at the nation’s 35 busiest airports so planes can land using the more-precise GPS navigation. Specifically, that $11 billion will be funneled into the FAA’s NextGen program at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township.
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