Trump Budget Calls For Privatized ATC

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President Trump’s budget plan was released on Monday, including a proposal to privatize the air traffic control system, and aviation advocates were quick to respond. “The idea of handing over the nation’s ATC system to what amounts to an airline cartel … is bad policy,” said NBAA President Ed Bolen. AOPA said the proposal doesn’t have much support. “After nearly two years, proponents of turning the ATC system over to a 13-member board have failed to move the proposal forward because of a lack of votes,” AOPA said on Monday. Bloomberg News also said the “largely symbolic” proposal doesn’t stand much chance of becoming reality, “given strong bipartisan opposition in Congress.”

The New York Times agreed, noting that “presidential budgets are little more than vision statements even under normal circumstances, given that Congress controls the federal purse strings and may disregard the wishes of whomever is sitting in the Oval Office.” The current FAA budget is set to expire on March 31. It’s up to Congress to decide before then if they will provide another short-term fix or agree on a plan to provide longer-term funding for the agency.

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Just remember - Amtrak (and all other railroads) use privatized traffic control. See how well that works?

Posted by: Kirk Wennerstrom | February 13, 2018 12:28 PM    Report this comment

I typically respect Pres. Trump and his opinions, however in this case he is completely wrong. We have the best Air Traffic Control system in the world. Handing it over to a panel dominated by the airlines is not going to cure the airlines problems, but it will damage general aviation and cost the taxpayers of this country billions. The delay issues that the airlines experience are caused by weather, their own scheduling, and a lack of runways. The BS that they talk about with being out dated is interesting since the airlines are not equipping their aircraft to take advantage of the newest navigation systems available and have publically stated that they don't want to install the equipment required for the next generation navigation system currently being put in place by Air Traffic Control. If you want to improve the air traffic control system along with many other functions, get the federal budget funding under control to ensure that the FAA and others such as the military can actually plan and carry out the functions they are charged with reliably.

Posted by: Jim Wright | February 15, 2018 11:54 AM    Report this comment

So, what you're saying is that Trump is full of shit. I agree. One way of winning friends.

Posted by: Rafael Sierra | February 16, 2018 10:34 PM    Report this comment

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