NATCA Criticizes White House ATC Budget Cuts | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.25.16

Airborne 04.26.16

AEA2016 LIVE!!! 0830-1230ET

AEA2016 LIVE!!! 1400-1700ET

AEA2016 LIVE!!! 1100-1400ET

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 04.25.16

Airborne 04.26.16

AEA2016 LIVE!!! 0830-1230ET

AEA2016 LIVE!!! 1400-1700ET

AEA2016 LIVE!!! 1100-1400ET

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Wed, Feb 04, 2004

NATCA Criticizes White House ATC Budget Cuts

Group Says Cuts "Expose Credibility Gap"

Budget cuts are not only a hot issue for this year's presidential election, but also attract criticism from those in the affected industries, especially aviation.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) claimed Monday's White House budget proposal exposes a major credibility gap in the Bush Administration's aviation policy. The group specifically criticizes the portion of the budget that proposes a 16 percent cut in spending on air traffic control facilities and equipment, while simultaneously touting its modernization plan to drastically add system capacity.

"The White House is saying two entirely different and contradictory things," National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr said. "You cannot modernize the system and add capacity by announcing there will be vastly less money to pay for it. No way. It's well past time that we as a nation make aviation infrastructure a national priority. Today's budget is a giant step backward at a time when we must be moving forward."

Carr called the Administration's plan to triple air traffic capacity in the next 15-20 years an "empty election year promise that sounds good but doesn't add up to anything more than fuzzy math."

Carr explained that increasing air travel and a controller staffing crisis, the Administration has fallen dramatically short in hiring an adequate number of controllers that are needed to keep our skies safe.

"Their words simply do not match their actions," he said. "However, while the administration is slashing funds for air traffic control in America, it is taking care to beef up Iraq's system."

"Just last month, the Administration awarded Raytheon Co. a multi-million contract to supply air traffic management systems for airports in Iraq. It is ironic that the Administration recognizes that building and maintaining an air traffic control system is the key to ensuring a safe, secure and economically strong Iraq, but then cuts resources in our own nation," Carr continued.

Carr said The FAA must devote the much-needed resources if we want our nation's air traffic control system to remain the envy of the world. He claims that includes "taking seriously the real staffing challenges facing the agency as air travel increases and controllers retire." He said it also means making sure that modernization projects remain on track.

"Efforts to cut corners on staffing or modernization will ultimately mean cutting corners on safety. And that's bad news for the flying public," Carr said.

"When it comes to spending the taxpayers' money, this Administration seems to think that exploring Mars is more important than protecting the safety of our own air traffic control system here on Earth. We're sure the American public disagrees," he added.

FMI:  www.natca.org

Advertisement

More News

ANN Announces Massive AEA-Live and Aero-TV Schedules for AEA16!

After 2 Decades of Innovative NewMedia Coverage, ANN Continues to Raise the Bar The crew at the Aero-News Network is eagerly anticipating yet another chance to showcase one of the >[...]

True Blue Power and Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Power AEA2016!

True Blue Power Announces Series of High-Powered USB Charging Ports, Powers Current and Next-Generation Electronic Devices True Blue Power today announced the TA202 Series High Pow>[...]

Airborne 04.26.16: Drone v Airplane-NOT!, eFusion Electric Plane, ANN@AEA-LIVE!!

Also: MU-2 AOA, AMA Responds To Senate FAA Reauthorization, ANN@AEA Live 04/27-0830ET, ANN@AEA Live 04/28-1400ET, ANN@AEA Live 04/29-1100ET A report of a drone possibly colliding w>[...]

L-3 Aviation Products Presents AEA2016 Special Event Coverage!!!

Innovative Avionics Powerhouse Showcases Latest Developments It's been a great year for L-3 Aviation Products. In less than six months,m they've finetuned some ground-breaking prod>[...]

Aspen Avionics, True Innovators, Present AEA2016 Special Event Coverage!

AEA2016 Sponsor: Always-Innovative Aspen Avionics Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced display and sensor technology from the >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC