FAA Orlando Meeting Held to Discuss the NextGen GPS-based System

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta is meeting with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and representatives of JetBlue Airways to discuss the FAA’s ongoing efforts to modernize air traffic control technology.

The roundtable is set for Thursday in Orlando, which is one of three major airports in Florida that the FAA is discussing the importance of the new NextGen GPS-based system.

The FAA plans to spend $2.4 billion over the next five years in programs the agency says will revolutionize air travel by moving away from the outdated, radar-based system.

The new system is expected to reduce delays and save taxpayers an estimated $24 billion.

But delays in establishing overall costs have pushed completion of the program back several months with cities, including New York, having been dropped from it.