The vision of a Single European Sky (SES) and the promise of NextGen in the US remain works-in-progress. Air traffic management (ATM) goals set more than a decade ago have been refined and rationalized, and expectations curbed. The initiatives are roughly the same age—US President George W. Bush signed legislation launching NextGen in December 2003; the European Union (EU) adopted the SES framework regulation in March 2004—and have advanced along similar trajectories despite ...

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