The long-delayed FAA reauthorisation legislation, which should receive Senate approval later this month, seeks to allocate nearly $8 billion for airport construction and is being pitched by Democratic leaders as a job-creation measure. It also continues government support for certain ground stations needed to modernize the FAA’s air-traffic control network. But the Senate bill doesn’t include significant funding to help airlines shoulder the multibillion-dollar cost of installing onboard equipment required to switch to a more-capable, satellite-based navigation and traffic-control system. By replacing reliance on ground radars and other, often decades-old equipment, the goal is to create a modernized system that

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