So are we finally going to (begin to) get a new air traffic control system? Somehow I can see this thing just never going anywhere but I hope this is different.
A bill that would modernize the antiquated U.S. air traffic control system, a major source of delays and safety concerns, edged closer to Senate passage Monday.
The $34.5 billion bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration through Sept. 30, 2011, would speed up deployment of the NextGen program to replace the current air traffic system, based on World War II-era radar technology, with one based on GPS technology. It requires the FAA to have key elements of the system in place at the nation's busiest airports as soon as 2014, although a full transition for all aircraft isn't anticipated until around 2020.
The new system is projected to cost the FAA as much as $22 billion through 2025. Airlines would have to spend about $20 billion more to install equipment in their planes.