Pres. Trump Proposes Privatizing Air Traffic Control

Pres. Trump Proposes Privatizing Air Traffic Control

The Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act is actually not new, as indicated by this article on May 13, past year (almost 12 months ago) which suggests the several reforms removes America's air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration and creates a federally chartered, nonprofit corporation.

Supporters of privatizing air-traffic control system say the consumers will save money by paying lowers taxes that would have otherwise have gone to the FAA.

Separating air traffic control from the FAA has been discussed for decades.

"It was fascinating to go up there and see the differences", Katko said of the Ottawa air traffic control operations.

President Trump kicked off the White House's "infrastructure week" Monday by announcing his goal of privatizing the air traffic control system. During that trip, members viewed air traffic control operations at the Ottawa airport.

"Ancient, broken, antiquated, awful system that doesn't work".

He said that under the Federal Aviation Administration's current system, air traffic controllers use archaic radar technology and ground-based radio systems to track planes.

His proposal drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who said it would hand control of a key asset to special interests and big airlines.

The plan is based on legislation previously proposed by Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), who now serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee. She also said that the airline expected to be able to cooperate with the Trump administration "to make air travel cleaner, safer and more efficient".

Currently, the FAA oversees about 50,000 flights per day.

Arguments will continue on both sides, but one air traveler said passengers need to be heard either way.

While the specifics of the plan haven't been announced, the FAA now employs about 30,000 air traffic controllers. "We live in a modern age, yet our air traffic control system is stuck, painfully in the past".

They have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by USA airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernizations. A similar plan failed to gain sufficient traction in Congress a year ago.

HAI President and CEO, Matt Zuccaro is very vocal in his opposition to the plan as presented. The bill authorizes that corporation to impose user fees, which would replace the current tax on airline tickets. Private pilots, business aircraft operators, and non-hub airports have voiced their concerns, saying they may end up paying more under a private corporation but fear they would receive fewer services.

According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump has proposed shaking things up by transferring the responsibility of air traffic control from the FAA to a private, nonprofit organization.

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