Trump proposes privatizing air traffic control

President Donald Trump speaks at a Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative announcement in the East Room at the White House Monday

President Donald Trump speaks at a Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative announcement in the East Room at the White House Monday

He says that will save money, get technology upgraded faster and cut travel delays.

He argued that moving the system to a private non-profit corporation will help speed up the shift from using land-based radar to using more precise GPS tools. "All surpluses will be plowed back to be re-invested in the system", Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao explained. Trump says the current system isn't working.

While Donald Trump and his administration are hopeful that Congress will authorize the privatization of air traffic control, and it would be a huge political win for them, the task of changing the most complex air traffic control system in the world will not be an easy one.

Trump said during a White House announcement Monday that the current system is "stuck painfully in the past".

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Privatizing the air traffic control system in the United States is not a new idea; it has been tried before, however, the Senate quashed the plan.

The proposal is being dismissed as one of Trump's eccentric obsessions, though Al Gore supported a version in the 1990s.

The plan to privatise air traffic control was included in Mr Trump's budget proposal. "We would just be concerned that rural America may lose some aspect of our aviation industry if it is another tax on the general aviation pilot".

The plan drew immediate support from most airlines, but faces stiff opposition from private aviation groups and in Congress. He also called the system "ancient, broken, antiquated" and "horrible".

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"If we aren't able to modernize and innovate using the latest technology, the impacts to the traveling public will continue to grow".

In an attempt to gain support for a plan that fell short in Congress previous year, the White House said the 13-member board of directors for the new corporation should be made up of appointees from industry stakeholder groups. The proposed non-profit corporation would be controlled by 13 board members; the number of pre-determined seats belonging to major airlines is double that of the general aviation community, which represents 26 times more aircraft than commercial carriers, according to the FAA. "Then those members, along with the board's CEO, would select four independent members". The 30,000 air traffic control employees would be removed from the government's payroll. The FAA will maintain responsibility for safety oversight. "However, the specifics matter greatly, so it's encouraging to see the president voice his support for privatization when it comes to air traffic control".

2,700 new hire and certified air traffic controllers are training at OKC's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center each year.

Katko, R-Camillus, said he has been studying the issue for the past two years, and saw the difference privatization can make when he was part of a congressional delegation trip to Canada. The FAA spent $7 billion to modernize the aviation system during the Obama administration.

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