Trump moves to privatise U.S. air traffic control

"While AOPA is open to proposals aimed at making the air traffic control system more efficient and delivering technology in a timely and cost-effective manner, we have consistently said we will not support policies that impose user fees on general aviation", Baker said. The FAA's modernization program known as NextGen is expected to crash through its 2025 deadline by as much as a decade.

As reported by NPR, the USA air traffic controllers union sees the initiative as generally positive, and may prompt a change for a system it sees as inefficient, while calling for more specific details. The fact is this is a proven, good-government reform that has been successfully done around the world in over 60 other countries, and will improve our aviation system for all of its users and all of our communities - large and small. This would slow down enhancements and possibly compromise safety to fix a system that's not broken.

"Through our committee, we were able to come up with a plan we believe is going to create a private-public partnership to really move America's air traffic control system into the 21st century", Davis said.

Dismissing the current system as an anachronism, Trump said the air traffic control operations needed to be separated from the Federal Aviation Administration, an approach that US airlines have long championed.

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Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and a strong proponent of ATC privatization, suggested that he plans to move forward with a reform proposal again, which could also be in the coming weeks. "For the passengers, it's better they'll get from point to point faster, and the system would be safer", he said.

There are about 50,000 airline and other aircraft flights a day in the United States. The administration is seeking congressional approval for the increased spending.

"There is no consensus on this short-sighted privatization proposal", DeFazio, of OR, said. In addition to controllers, the FAA employs specialists, engineers, and technicians, numbering in the tens of thousands, who work to maintain the air traffic control technology and the infrastructure necessary to keep air travel safe. "It's time to bring our aviation system into the 21st century". Thursday, he is scheduled to be at the White House discussing infrastructure needs with mayors and governors from across the nation.

Under the new guidelines, the Trump administration proposes allowing a self-financing, non-profit organisation to take over air traffic control systems, ensuring taxpayer money is not required for it.

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