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House Panel Begins Consideration of Private ATC

Publication: AIN ONLINE
Publication Date: 2016-2-11
Publication Author: KERRY LYNCH

The effort to create an independent, not-for-profit corporation to run the U.S. air traffic control system was poised to take a step forward today as the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee starts consideration of the comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill, H.R.4441.

The committee’s consideration begins a week after T&I chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) unveiled the bill, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, which contained the controversial measure to create the user-funded ATC organization governed by a 12-member board.

The committee today is considering a number of amendments, and debate was expected to continue for most of the day.


Consumer Groups Express Concerns About ATC Privatization

Publication: AERO-NEWS 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


Opinion: Don’t Privatize Air Traffic Control

Publication: RAPID CITY JOURNAL
Publication Date: 2016-02-10
Publication Author: 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


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


Son of The Prescott Municipal Airport – Everything is Perfect

Publication: PRESCOTT NEWS
Publication Date: 2016-02-09

It doesn’t take much to figure out the value of the Prescott Airport and its impact on the community when you get to hear the stories of flight students, starting out as wide-eyed kids with a dream and ending up as professional pilots who are saving lives, building homes and raising families. This is one of many such stories. This is Ben Lewis’ story.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

This statement has


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,


Airport Activity Continues to Increase

Publication: CHILLICOTHE GAZETTE
Publication Date: 2016-02-08

Activity at Ross County’s Shoemaker Airport is bustling as airport operators continue improving facilities while looking at future options.

“Fuel prices are going down, everything’s starting to show up,” airport operator Jim Parks told Ross County Commissioners on Monday. “Our nighttime operations are alive, we’ve got our snow removal protocol set up — we’ve had a mild winter, which is really nice — but we’ve got it going on.”

Parks was visiting commissioners to talk about conditions at the airport and to discuss the possibility of buying back the large hangar on the property, for which about $5,000 in rent


Central Nebraska Regional Airport Soaring High

Publication: THE GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT
Publication Date: 2016-02-07

A “gateway” is an attractive feature at key city entry points that helps identify and define the community.

As part of the Grow Grand Island Initiative, the Central Nebraska Regional Airport serves as a “gateway” into Grand Island. More than 150,000 passengers and greeters are expected to use the airport in 2016.

With a new state-of-the-art airline terminal set to open in March, passengers will catch a glance of the local culture and notice a touch of elegance as they wind their way through the bright and airy terminal. Beautiful murals of local landscapes and river schematics in the terrazzo


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


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