The 35-day shutdown of US government agencies “cut us deep” and set back FAA modernization projects, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) president Paul Rinaldi said Jan. 29. In an address to the Aero Club of Washington, Rinaldi said the ultimate damage done by the shutdown that forced controllers to work without pay and sidelined other federal employees is still to be calculated. But the five-week lapse may have jeopardized the FAA’s mandate to airlines ...

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