By Keith Laing - 10/04/12 07:35 PM EDT
The navigation system Wytkind was discussing has been long planned by the FAA to switch the air traffic control system from radar technology that has been used since World War II to a satellite-based system.
The switch is expected to cost the FAA about $22 billion through 2025. Plans have called for the NextGen system to be in place at the busiest airports by 2014, and nationwide by 2020.
Airlines have said they would have to spend about an additional $20 billion to upgrade their airplanes' computer systems.
Republicans in the House have called for the FAA to consolidate some of its existing air traffic control towers and looking to partner with private sector companies to bring down the costs of the program.
Wytkind said the GOP approach presented aviation industry employees and supporters with “a choice between an incumbent president who will properly fund the national airspace system and defend collective bargaining rights, or his opponent, who has promised to do the opposite.”
Aviation security — along with many other transportation issues — was not discussed during the first debate between Obama and Romney on Wednesday night.