Sequester Scenario Seen In Privatization

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Air traffic control privatization could trigger government paralysis as the extra $100 billion it costs ripples through the programs that money is needed to fund, according to EAA. The organization cites a memo issued by the Congressional Research Service, which says that because of the dent in the budget caused by privatization “a sequester would be triggered, which would require across-the-board cuts to non-exempt mandatory spending programs to make up for the amount of the debt.” Legislation would be required to shore up the mandatory programs. The $100 billion cost was an estimate provided by the Congressional Budget Office.

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said the memo, which was sent to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is another example why ATC privatization must be stopped. He said airlines will profit at the expense of essential programs and “that every review of the plan shows it to have a negative impact for everything except the profits of major airlines."

Comments (5)

Privatization of "anything" never worked, won't work and never will work!
It is nothing more than payback time for political contributors.
Keith Culpepper - retired government L.E. agency pilot and Regulatory
Compliance Officer.

Posted by: Franklin Culpepper | November 6, 2017 12:31 PM    Report this comment

You can argue this forever, and one fact won't change:

Privatization adds more bureaucracy, and that translates to higher costs for general aviation owner operators like myself.

Every country that has privatized has ended up basically killing private and general aviation by slowly adding extra fees for access that forces smaller planes out of busier hubs where they are the most useful. Great for the airlines, but the death knell for private and general aviation. In fact, this is nothing but a power grab by the airlines.

If we do privatize, we can kiss the 'best place on earth for aviation innovation' goodbye.

Posted by: Russ Macdonald | November 6, 2017 1:19 PM    Report this comment

Privatization will destroy what is left of general aviation in this country, I have been happy to see general aviation start to comeback these past few years, with an improving economy, more young people getting involved, and the large number of homebuilt aircraft being built and flying. But privatization will put a stop to that, and as the previous comment said this is nothing more than a power grab by big airlines, and big air cargo companies to control airspace!! Everybody please contact your state senator, and congressman and tell them too vote against ATC Privatization!

Posted by: Barry Glisson | November 6, 2017 3:27 PM    Report this comment

OK, so what? The FAA has put more people/companies out of business than private enterprise ever did. FAA employees in responsible positions are looking for donations (AKA Bribe money) to do their job.

Private companies can be controlled, the FAA can not. Actually the FAA could be but all the alphabet soup, AOPA, EAA, ARSA, NBAA etc can't get together on anything. AOPA is nothing more than a branch of the FAA.

Seems like most any change is the system would be welcome.

It may all come to nothing anyway. The alphabet soup can't seem to get united on anything. All they want is money, money and yes, money.

Now, I don't mind donating to an organization that is dedicated to help us and protect us from the Gestapo FAA.

I don't see it happening in my lifetime. But I a almost dead though.

Posted by: Kent Tarver | November 6, 2017 7:53 PM    Report this comment

I can't understand how paying a fee to access the air traffic control system is going to destroy the homebuilt industry. And I can't understand how paying a fee to access the air traffic control system is going to drive the economy into the ground.

I find it ludicrous to hear people flying around in aircraft that cost more than my house to be upset about paying a few bucks for an ATC clearance. And I don't buy the argument that an aircraft with 4 seats, which requires exactly the same separation from other aircraft as those with 100 times more, should have equal access to major hub airports.

If the ATC system remains under the control of the FAA, funding for controller staffing and improvements to the system continue to be subject to the whims of a Congress that gets more dysfunctional by the year. A privatized ATC system would have access to private financial markets and thus would have a stable source of funds for future improvements. And, not being tied to the endless red tape of the federal procurement system would have major positive effects on cost and schedule of new systems. Look no further if you want to understand why NATCA, the controller's union, has endorsed privatization.

Posted by: Donald Beeson | November 6, 2017 8:26 PM    Report this comment

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