The Boeing Company has formed a small air traffic management unit and is developing a proposal for a GPS-based air traffic control system that will be presented to the Bush administration in May.  Boeing officials stressed to AOPA that the proposal is a system design model, not a management or revenue (user fee) model. Fresh operational concepts are needed to break away from the FAA's current 1950s-era system, Boeing said.

The company said its ATC unit will grow to a few hundred people in a year and that the company is ready to advance the government billions of dollars to implement the new plan.

Boeing has manufactured most of the GPS satellites built to date, and will build and launch a new generation of 33 GPS satellites starting in April.