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Should air-traffic control upgrade be left to the FAA?

Given the partisan divide in Congress, little progress is being made in the effort to adopt new technology at the FAA to upgrade the air-traffic control system. Now an idea for improving the system -- one that has come and gone in debates in the past -- using a private-sector nonprofit company, needs to be given serious consideration again, according to a former Obama administration official who's now an investment banker. Read more about Peter Orzag's ideas at this link.

Should air-traffic control upgrade be left to the FAA?

Given the partisan divide in Congress, little progress is being made in the effort to adopt new technology at the FAA to upgrade the air-traffic control system. Now an idea for improving the  system -- one that has come and gone in debates in the past -- using a private-sector nonprofit company, needs to be given serious consideration again, according to a former Obama administration official who's now an investment banker. Read more about Peter Orzag's ideas at this link.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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