FAA Reacts To President Trump's Air Traffic Control Proposal

FAA Reacts To President Trump's Air Traffic Control Proposal

FAA Reacts To President Trump's Air Traffic Control Proposal

Trump's plan would create a private, non-profit corporation to manage air traffic control operations nationwide with the Federal Aviation Administration continuing to provide oversight of the system. "Today, we are proposing to take American air travel into the future... finally", said Trump.

President Donald Trump spoke before Congress Monday about plans to privatize the air traffic control system.

The proposal outlined criteria that the new entity must meet to oversee US air traffic control, including safety, national security, AND cybersecurity.

President Trump wants to fill the gap with fees which airplane operators would have to pay every time a flight needs air traffic control.

"Delta makes a pretty convincing case for the costs for other systems in the world have been rising more dramatically than the FAA's operating costs have been rising", said Simmons, who does not think the system should be privatized.

"The system will be much more quick to respond - be able to buy new equipment and not be tied up with appropriations from Congress to keep it running", said aviation expert Mark Weinkrantz.

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Meanwhile, small airports are concerned high user fees will favor large airlines and make it more hard for private pilots to fly.

"The technology is substantially better".

Though Trump didn't commit to any specific proposals, he appeared intrigued by what Kelly described as the "single biggest opportunity for aviation". Opponents also say technology upgrades would be sidetracked while the private entity was established, potentially adding years to awarding contracts. Thune has previously suggested that there is not enough support on his committee to move an FAA reauthorization bill in the coming weeks that includes air traffic reform.

The FAA oversees more than 50,000 flights in the US per day.

"Ancient, broken, antiquated, disgusting system that doesn't work". While the bill never made it to the House floor - several key GOP legislators were opposed to the idea of transferring public infrastructure to a private company - a Republican president could help alleviate some skepticism to the idea within the party. Additionally, the air-traffic control system would move toward a model based on GPS technology, rather than the more rudimentary radar-based technology now used, meaning - in theory, at least - that planes could operate more efficiently, use less fuel and charge less. The changes would involve moving from the current system based on radar and voice communications to one based on satellite navigation and digital communications. The move is likely to be welcomed by USA airlines, the air traffic control union, and many congressional Republicans, who have all criticized the FAA for its bureaucratic inefficiencies, slow pace of planned upgrades, and reliance on unpredictable government funding. "Our plan will get you where you need to go quickly, more reliably, more affordably, and yes, for the first time in a long time, on time", he said.

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