Sully Opposes ATC Privatization

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Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger says privatizing air traffic control in the U.S. will reduce aviation safety and access to aviation. In an interview with Katie Couric, Capt. Sullenberger said of the proposal, “There are other, better ways to solve this political budget problem — by giving the FAA, in running the air traffic control system and making capital improvements to the air traffic control system, more predictable multiyear funding — without giving away the keys to the kingdom to the largest airlines to control access and fees and pricing too.” Capt. Sullenberger famously piloted an Airbus A320 to a ditching in the Hudson River with no loss of life following the simultaneous bird ingestion and failure of both engines and has since become a familiar face on Capitol Hill lobbying on behalf of airline pilots and airline safety issues.

Sully also pulled no punches sharing his opinion on the pilot shortage—or lack thereof: “It’s really only a few of the real bottom-feeders that are the least well run, the least capitalized companies that are having the most trouble [finding pilots] .... There are still a few of them that have extraordinarily low starting pay, in the $20,000 range, barely above food-stamp wage levels, and they’re the ones that are still trying to continue to use what is a broken economic model and one that is not sufficient in this market to attract sufficient numbers of fully qualified candidates.” 

Comments (4)

I agree.

Posted by: Rafael Sierra | July 14, 2017 8:59 PM    Report this comment

Notice his comments on the alleged "pilot shortage"? He is spot on, on this subject! Too bad the mainstream media doesn't cover this more, instead of buying into the "shortage" nonsense!

Posted by: matthew wagner | July 15, 2017 3:43 PM    Report this comment

Quoting Sully: "There are other, better ways to solve this political budget problem -- by giving the FAA, in running the air traffic control system and making capital improvements to the air traffic control system, more predictable multiyear funding -- without giving away the keys to the kingdom to the largest airlines to control access and fees and pricing too."

Congressional budget approval twice a year funding of the FAA has proven horribly destructive to ATC advances. Sullenberger is absolutely correct in every well-considered word, according to a source within ATC who is trying his best to modernize ATC.

Posted by: David K Campbell | July 17, 2017 11:39 AM    Report this comment

The voice of calm, intelligent reason, verses one of selfish, personal gain. Unfortunately, we're in an era when selfish personal gain always wins.

Posted by: Ken Keen | July 18, 2017 8:32 AM    Report this comment

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