Trump Pushes Air Traffic Control Privatization

"I'm proposing new principles to Congress for air traffic control reform, making flights quicker, safer and more reliable", Trump said in a statement.

But Congress might still want to keep the airline industry under the government's eye.

"It's about time", Trump said on Monday before signing an letter outlining the plan and added the changed would herald an "air travel revolution".

Privatization has long had strong support among the nation's airlines, and Republicans have advocated for it for years. The opponents say the current system works well, and they fear the transition would be a setback to the introduction of new technology. Should the Federal Aviation Administration continue to handle air traffic control services, or do you think the USA needs a privatization plan?

The Trump plan, which still needs Congressional approval, would shift control of ATC from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into the hands of a private corporation. Now managing more than 50,000 flights per day, FAA air traffic controllers have led one of the safest aviation programs in the world. And deep divisions remain about the idea to privatize air traffic control, even with Trump's backing.

The proposal is also created to shrink government and reduce taxes, said DJ Gribbin, a special assistant to the president who gave a briefing on the plan Monday morning.

And the president's overall legislative agenda has been slowed by efforts to overhaul ObamaCare and investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 White House race. The safest airline system in the world. The changes would involve moving from the current system based on radar and voice communications to one based on satellite navigation and digital communications. Their lobbying group, the Airlines for America, praised the Trump plan.

Union officials have complained that the FAA has been unable to resolve chronic controller understaffing at some of the nation's busiest facilities and pointed to the modernization effort's slow progress.

Gribbin said the move had already been done in more than 50 countries and would allow the air traffic control system to more quickly update its technology while the FAA still maintains a safety and accountability role over the new nonprofit.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, reiterated his reservations saying, "As we move forward in discussing potential reforms, getting a bill to President Trump's desk will require bipartisan support as well as a consensus among the aviation community on a way forward". While Trump hasn't revealed his full plan yet, if it resembles Shuster's plan (Trump's administration says it does), fees paid by passenger and cargo airlines will cover the costs- and there's no guarantee that airlines won't pass those costs onto customers.

  • Salvatore Jensen