All In The Interpretation: Same Bill Prompts Glee, Dismay

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On Monday, AVweb told you that the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) was thrilled with the latest version of the FAA reauthorization bill now working its way through Congress. Yesterday, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) had a different take: "Aviation Safety Up For Sale To The Lowest Bidder," read the headline on their press release, which said the bill would allow the FAA to hire part-time contractors to run dozens of towers. Yesterday's report from AOPA saw things differently: "House, Senate conferees prohibit ATC privatization," it read. So is this glass half-full or totally empty? The bill is still in flux, but later this week AVweb will chat with FAA chief Marion Blakey and DOT head honcho Norm Mineta here in Oshkosh. We'll sort it all out. Hopefully.