...Congress Wants Quicker Equipment Updates

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As part of an overall funding bill covering Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Senate/House conference committee that put together the final document urged the FAA to get cracking on replacing outdated air traffic control displays at Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and Minneapolis. According to Government Computer News, the bill contains $20 million for the new gear and the FAA had planned to award the contract in early 2007. The conference committee wants the money spent sooner rather than later. "The conferees are concerned that the competition for the replacement of these four aging systems, which is only being offered to a limited number of vendors, is expected to take up to 15 months," the conference report said. "The conferees encourage FAA to expedite consideration of proposals and make an award or awards, as the case may be, as soon as possible."