An ongoing effort in the House to privatize a portion of the FAA has come to an end.
Legislation that would privatize a portion of the FAA has been approved by the House Transportation Committee.
Legislation has been introduced in the House to privatize the nation’s air traffic control systems. It failed in the past, but could it succeed this time?
Will the nation’s air traffic control system be run by a non-profit entity outside of the federal government? The interest groups are lining up for what promises to be a hard fight in Congress.
The House Transportation Committee recently held a hearing to debate the possibility of privatizing a portion of the nation’s air traffic control system.
Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) is introducing legislation that would remove 30,000 federal employees from the government’s payroll while simultaneously turning much of the nation’s air traffic control system over to an independently operated, non-profit corporation.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) reportedly supports the “defederalization” of air traffic control as a boon to safe air travel and suggested an air traffic controller-owned organization apparently operated as non-profit or a quasi-government outfit. Why might NATCA want to see anything less than a complete privatization of the air traffic system?