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Michael Huerta: FAA Progresses on NextGen Airspace System

Michael Huerta
Michael Huerta

Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday that FAA has worked to modernize the U.S’ air traffic control infrastructure, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday.

Huerta said in a written testimony prepared for the committee hearing that the agency has installed the en route automation modernization program and the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast network for the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

The FAA uses an incremental strategy for the NextGen program as the agency awaits word from Congress on the organization’s future budget, according to the newspaper.

FCW reported Huerta told the committee that FAA funding unpredictability due to sequestration has affected the project.

Some policymakers and industry stakeholders have proposed privatizing the air traffic control functions of FAA.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said he believes the agency’s reliance on annual appropriations makes ATC system modernization efforts more complex and costly, according to FCW.

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