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Consumer Groups Express Concerns About ATC Privatization

Publication: AERO-NEW NETWORK
Publication Date: 2016-02-11

Letter Sent To Congress By The National Consumers League, In The Public Interest, The Center For Policy Initiatives, Working Partnership USA, And AAAA

A letter expressing concerns about the privatization of ATC proposed in the FAA reauthorization bill has been sent to members of Congress by The National Consumers League, In The Public Interest, the Center for Policy Initiatives, Working Partnership USA, and the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA).

“We write to express our grave concern about any proposals which would take authority over our air transportation system and turn it over to an entity which would serve private


Opponents of Privatization of Air Traffic Control Send Letter to Congress

Publication: TRAVEL PULSE
Publication Date: 2016-02-10
Publication Author: RICH THOMASELLI

The Alliance for Aviation Across America, along with four other advocacy groups, has sent a letter to five key members of Congress, urging them not to consider legislation that would privatize the country’s air traffic control system. That was one provision of the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration introduced last week.

The letter was signed by the directors of Alliance for Aviation Across America, In The Public Interest, National Consumers League, Center on Policy Initiatives and Working Partnerships USA.

It was specifically directed to Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House


MAYORS: Aviation System is an Important Public Benefit

Publication: RAPID CITY JOURNAL
Publication Date: 2016-02-09
Publication Author: BY: MAYORS JERRY TOOMEY, PAUL AYLWARD, STEVE THORSON, CARL A.SHAW, MARTY HUETHER, TIM REED

There are a lot of unique things about South Dakota – great skiing, hiking, camping, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, great wineries and breweries – and the people.

When we do things, we tend to take our time. Part of that is part and parcel to being a big, rural state. It takes a lot longer to get around, we get to know people, enjoy the scenery and our way of life.

But sometimes, of course, it makes sense to get things done quicker, and for that, airports and aircraft are a great resource to achieving that. With our thousands


Aviation Proposal Sparks Debate

Publication: HUNTINGTON HERALD-DISPATCH
Publication Date: 2016-02-08

Legislation was officially introduced Wednesday that would put the responsibility of the nation’s air traffic control system in the hands of a nonprofit organization instead of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The bill is part of an attempt to overhaul the oversight that the FAA currently has with regard to the aviation system. According to The Associated Press, the FAA would lose day-to-day responsibility of air traffic and switch from its current radar-based system to one that uses satellite technology. Within three years, control of all air traffic operations, facilities and nearly 40,000 workers would be transferred to the new corporation,


Businesses, Pilots Worried About Economic Affect of Air-Traffic Controller Privatization

Publication: HUNTINGTON HERALD-DISPATCH
Publication Date: 2016-02-07
Publication Author: BRANDON ROBERTS

A proposal to strip the Federal Aviation Administration of its power over the country’s air-traffic control system and transfer those duties to a private entity has members of some aviation organizations concerned about the economic effect such a measure would have on businesses, noncommercial airports and rural communities.

Advocates of the proposal claim a private nonprofit or for-profit group controlling air traffic would generate a revenue stream to use for much-needed equipment upgrades. Those who oppose the plan say it would be disastrous for local economies, general aviation and for the companies who use small planes to conduct business on


Local Communities Raise Concerns Regarding Proposal to Privatize the Air Traffic Control System

Publication: AVIATION PROS
Publication Date: 2016-02-04

Washington—Today, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, along with many of its local members, voiced concerns about a proposal unveiled yesterday by Chairman Bill Shuster of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and privatize the air traffic control system. Local businesses and communities have specifically been concerned with the repercussions of ceding unprecedented levels of control to a private board with the authority dominate important decisions about everything from gates, access to airspace and airport funding, to infrastructure investments and new fees and taxes.

Local businesses and officials from rural communities in particular


Debate Rages Over Privatized Air Traffic Control

Publication: TRAVEL PULSE
Publication Date: 2016-02-04

The nation’s air traffic control system would be removed from the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration and its management privatized under legislation proposed by U.S.  House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) – a move that has drawn criticism and support from various aviation industry stakeholders.

The proposal is the main part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill.

Under Shuster’s plan, a private, not-for-profit company would run the nation’s air traffic control (ATC).

“We have the safest air traffic control system in the world, and we will continue to do so under this bill,” Shuster said


GA Reacts To Proposal To Privatize ATC

Publication: GENERAL AVIATION NEWS
Publication Date: 2016-02-04

While the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday is being touted as a plan for the future of U.S. aviation, it could create dire consequences for the future of personal recreational flying in our nation.

That’s a warning from officials at the Experimental Aircraft Association.

The legislation (H.R. 4441) is a six-year reauthorization of the FAA that includes spinning off air traffic control services into a private not-for-profit corporation that would be administered by an independent board of directors.

The bill’s co-sponsors — Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), chairman of the House Transportation


My Voice: Aviation Must Remain a Public System

Publication: SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER
Publication Date: 2016-02-01
Publication Author: MAYORS JERRY TOOMEY, PAUL AYLWARD, STEVE THORSON, CARL A. SHAW, MARTY HUETHER AND TIME REED

There are a lot of unique things about South Dakota – great skiing, hiking, camping, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, great wineries and breweries – and the people. When we do things, we tend to take our time. Part of that is part and parcel to being a big, rural state. It takes a lot longer to get around, we get to know people, enjoy the scenery and our way of life.

But sometimes, of course, it makes sense to get things done quicker and for that, airports and aircraft are a great resource to achieving that. With our thousands


U.S. Senate Lawmakers Step Up Opposition to ATC Plan

Publication: AIN ONLINE
Publication Date: 2016-02-01

U.S. Senate Appropriations leaders are stepping up their opposition to a proposal to separate the U.S. air traffic control organization, saying such a plan would curtail congressional oversight and break apart the FAA. Both Republican and Democrat leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee and transportation appropriations subcommittee voiced their opposition as the House is expected to roll out a comprehensive reauthorization proposal—including a measure for an independent ATC—this week.

The leaders last summer had included language in the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2016 FAA funding bill, saying they “would therefore oppose legislation to put the FAA or parts


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