Trump Wants To Give Air Traffic Control A Major Update

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement after joining President Donald J. Trump and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for the president's announcement on principles for air traffic control and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reform.

Trump's proposal to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was part of a weeklong White House focus on infrastructure. President Trump today announced plans to take the system out of the government's hands and make it private.

The U.S. air traffic control system is in line for a major overhaul.

Both sides of the privatization debate said the system is one of the most complex and safest in the world.

Many people deem the air traffic control system as one of the safest in the world, but criticism is emerging over efficiency and technology.

There are about 50,000 airline and other aircraft flights a day in the United States. Ted Cruz and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, airline industry executives, union members and others to the event in the East Room. The administration is seeking congressional approval for the increased spending. Funding for the new organization will come exclusively from user fees, and the use of those funds will be managed by, among others, airline representatives, unions, and general aviation and airports.

Among the complaints: The nonprofit would be given the air-traffic control assets at no cost, though no company would buy the equipment in this scrapyard.

Shuster said he believes a privatized system would have the revenue it needs to invest in GPS satellite technology.

Airlines in the USA have campaigned to separate the FAA. and ATC for two decades, but the proposal still has to pass muster with Democrats. They believe a nongovernmental organization would be better suited to handle responsibility of air traffic control because they would have a much easier time cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that the FAA has struggled with in the past.

The idea of privatizing air-traffic control has been floated since the 1990s - Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at times supported the concept - without success. "It's time to bring our aviation system into the 21st century". In response to previous such comments by the president, the FAA has said that the current efforts to modernize air traffic operations, dubbed NextGen, have delivered some $2.72 billion in benefits and is running ahead of schedule and under budget on several major initiatives.

  • Anthony Vega