Trump Says FAA "Didn't Know What the Hell They Were Doing".
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 8:08
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading USA airlines, today applauded President Trump's bold leadership in prioritizing the modernization of our nation's air traffic control (ATC) infrastructure.
"We live in a modern age", Trump said at the White House on Monday, "but our air traffic control system is stuck, painfully, in the past".
Here's the rest of President Trump's "infrastructure week:" In coming days he and other administration officials will call on states, cities and private companies to pay more for rebuilding roads, bridges, railways, airports and other types of infrastructure. The new proposal would separate the ATC service provider from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and govern it under an independent, not-for-profit model.
Flight delays are costing the USA economy approximately $25 billion a year, the president said, and the previous administration's attempts to upgrade the system cost $7 billion while yielding no results. "The enhanced safety advancements come from the separation of the FAA and the air traffic control system".
Ultimately, the privatized model is meant to meet the demand air travel of the modern era, compared to the current governmental model which was established according to Trump as quoted by Fox News, "when the country had about 100,000 annual airline passengers, compared to almost 1 billion today'".
The initiative, which Trump signed after the close of his remarks, will be sent to Congress who will ultimately weigh its adoption.
While the specifics of the plan haven't been announced, the FAA now employs about 30,000 air traffic controllers.
Thus begins this week with our president, Donald Trump. During that trip, members viewed air traffic control operations at the Ottawa airport.
Commercial airlines are supporting the privatization plan, and opponents are concerned the new system would be dominated by airline interests.
President Trump's proposal outlines an overhaul to the current system, now run by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
He says it's early in the process, and they want to learn more about the president's proposal. There has been proposal for years to move to such a system but the FAA has yet to move on it.
WSB Consumer expert Clark Howard says, "I have been a big advocate for us privatizing our air traffic control for as far back as I can remember". It would need to pass Congress.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is concerned that the plan will hurt small airports. "We look forward to reviewing the specifics of the air traffic control (ATC) reform legislation so we can evaluate whether it satisfies our Union's principles, including protecting the rights and benefits of the ATC workforce".