ATLANTIC CITY -
The future of the country's aviation system has its roots right here in South Jersey.
The Chair of Congress's Aviation Subcommittee spoke at Tuesday morning's NextGen conference at the Sheraton in Atlantic City.
Congressman Frank Lobiondo along with other experts spoke about how important the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen program is to the future of aviation.
Lobiondo says that while the project has made a lot of progress it still faces a lot of challenges.
"We had 22 extensions of the FAA authorization bill, culminating in a disastorious two week shut down, which everyone said would never happen and then it did happen so now we've gotten that behind us, if there was any good news to that shut down it was that it sort of hit people in Washington, the leadership, to understand how critically important aviation is," said Lobiondo.
NextGen is a multiple phase project that is based at the FAA Tech Center in Egg Harbor Township and will update all of the country's flight routes by using satellite technology, shortening flights and saving fuel.
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