FAA reform measure finally signed into law

The long overdue FAA reform legislation was signed into law on February 14 when President Obama signed the conference report for the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658).
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) who sponsored the bill said:
“Today we have in place sound multi-year policies that reform FAA programs, eliminate expensive ticket subsidies, modernise our air traffic control system, improve airport infrastructure, reduce air traffic delays, and create jobs,” Mica added.
The new law moves forward FAA’s NextGen air traffic control modernisation program. Mica said, “Reforms in this legislation will provide the blueprint, metrics, benchmarks and performance goals necessary for developing NextGen. This critical effort to shift from our antiquated air traffic control technology to a GPS-based system will improve air traffic efficiency and safety, reduce fuel burn and pollution from aircraft, and bring costs down for consumers.”
National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi said the reform would now give the US aviation system a much-needed boost and lead to even safer air travel.
“During the past three years, NATCA and the FAA have been working collaboratively on upgrading and modernising our system. We have taken great pride in our role as a partner on the leading edge of NextGen implementation and equipment modernisation. This new technology will help reduce delays, give controllers better tools with which to perform their jobs even more efficiently and provide a platform for further technological and safety enhancements.
“This four-year bill will provide the funding stability we need to develop and train our next generation of controllers along with the next generation of equipment and procedures. It also ensures that the controllers and technicians who use this equipment and procedures every day will continue to be involved in their development.”

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