The US Senate late Monday passed an FAA reauthorization bill that sets deadlines for implementation of the NextGen ATC system and increases pilot hiring and training requirements. But the $34.5 billion legislation, which cleared the Senate by a 93-0 vote, differs considerably from the House of Representatives' version passed last May (ATWOnline, Aug. 24, 2009) and the two must be reconciled before the agency gets its long-awaited reauthorization. Its authorization officially expired on ...

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