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Wed, Feb 14, 2018

GAMA, NATA Respond To President Trump’s 2019 Budget Proposal

Opposes ATC Transfer To A Private Entity

GAMA and NATA have joined the aviation advocacy organizations opposing the proposal in President Trump's budget that would shift control of ATC from the FAA to a private entity.

“The U.S. has the safest, most efficient, most technically advanced system in the world. Many other countries around the world utilize airspace system modernization technologies and procedures that the FAA designed and implemented," said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce in a statement released to the media. "No other country has a nationwide deployed Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ground infrastructure. Similarly, the U.S. leads the world in deployment of data communication technology. The saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” most definitely applies here – why do we need to disrupt an entire system and change it, when the U.S. system is the safest, most efficient in the world?”

“The Administration and a few members of Congress continue to offer proposals that would take the management of air traffic control operations from the FAA, which places the public interest as its top priority, and give that management to a private entity that would only be responsible to a small, insular board. The proposals remain a bad idea that lack industry and political consensus, particularly at a time when new industries like commercial space, unmanned aerial vehicles and urban mobility air vehicles will share the nation’s airspace. These air traffic control privatization proposals also continue to be the main reason that other necessary regulatory and certification reforms remain in legislative limbo, delaying what could otherwise be immediate, positive impacts on not just the U.S. airspace system and its users, but also the country’s economy and job creation. They should not be held hostage any longer by unproductive discussions about an unneeded and potentially devastating change to the world’s safest system.”

“Despite strong bipartisan opposition to the corporatization of our nation’s air traffic control system, the 2019 budget blueprint contains language shifting the air traffic control function away from the FAA to a corporation," said NATA president President Martin Hiller "NATA will continue to fight this existential threat to general aviation and the businesses that support this vital community – supporting more than one million jobs nationwide. The association will work with the Administration and Congress toward a more efficient FAA, with a priority on educating them about the risks posed by handing over our nation’s air traffic control system to special interests.”

(Source: GAMA, NATA news releases)

FMI: www.gama.aero, www.nata.aero

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