Trump to modernise America's Air Traffic Control System

Critics of the current system say the FAA obliges political interests instead of the passengers they are supposed to serve because funds usage is determined by Congress.

But according to the president, "We live in a modern age, yet our air traffic control system is stuck painfully in the past".

President Trump's push to move the Federal Aviation Administration's 14,000 air traffic controllers to a private entity at "no cost" has left aviation groups with more questions than answers.

Creating the impression of a bill signing, Trump was surrounded by the lawmakers after his remarks as he signed a decision memo and a letter to Congress outlining his principles for the air traffic control plan. EAA supports modernization of the American airspace system, and progress is happening with the input of all the system's stakeholders. "Canada, as an example, modernized their air traffic control through a non-government organization about 20 years ago, and they have cut costs significantly, adopted cutting-edge technology, and handled 50 percent more traffic - and actually, far more than that on a relative basis compared to us". "It is a bad idea, and EAA will continue to state that to those in aviation, Congress, and the public".

Now many air traffic control towers are still 360 degree glass boxes which assumes there's need to line of sight to an aircraft as it lands and takes off.

The Trump administration unveiled the opening chapter of its much-anticipated infrastructure package with a plan to spin off the nation's air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.

"We are not yet convinced that this proposal is best for smaller airports like MHT", Malafronte said in an email.

Supporters of privatizing air-traffic control system say the consumers will save money by paying lowers taxes that would have otherwise have gone to the FAA.

Air traffic controllers keep watch using Data Comm, part of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation system in the control tower at Miami International Airport on March 6, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

Bay Area NATCA representative Scott Conde told NBC Bay Area last fall there's already a critical shortage of air traffic controllers. He also called the system "ancient, broken, antiquated" and "horrible" and said his reforms would make it safer and more reliable.

Business aircraft operators, private pilots and non-hub airports have also expressed concerns they might pay more and receive less service under a private corporation.

Monday's announcement is part of a week-long series of proposals to overhaul the country's aging infrastructure as the White House confronts a growing probe into alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Monday's announcement was the first to come during a week in which the administration hopes to focus on policy changes they say will improve U.S. roads, bridges and airports.

  • Zachary Reyes