Vt. officials attend hearing on FAA changes

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie of Vermont, chairman of the Aerospace States Association (ASA), presided over a hearing last week designed to inform state leaders about the impact on their states of a funding reauthorization plan currently before congress for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will support the FAAs plan to transform the nations air traffic management system from a ground-based radar system to a satellite-based system by 2025. Vermont's Lt. Gov. Dubie is leading state efforts to advise congress. The FAA-proposed legislation currently on Capitol Hill, entitled the NextGen Financing Reform Act of 2007, has sparked controversy throughout the aviation world with new proposals for who will pay for the system upgrade, and how they will pay. The newest member of Vermonts congressional delegation, Rep. Peter Welch, attended last week's hearing, as did staffers from Sen. Patrick Leahys and Sen. Bernard Sanders offices. Vermont State Aviation Administrator Rich Turner was also present for the hearing.

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