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NextGen Update

NextGen Update

Moving faster than a speeding government agency, the FAA is implementing NextGen at a brisk pace, complete with the unrelenting ADS-B requirement. Good things await us.

Yes, we’ve done a couple updates on ATC moderization recently. But the negative responses to editor Bowlin’s recent comments in favor of ADS-B suggest yet more information is needed. Plus, if you still think the 2020 deadline will get extended, well, the FAA is completing its tasks with an unfamiliar but refreshingly high speed and efficiency.

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