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Trump Wants To Give Air Traffic Control A Major Update

Trump Wants To Give Air Traffic Control A Major Update”

US airlines have been campaigning for more than two decades to separate air traffic control operations from the FAA.

U.S airlines have been pushing for the change for decades, saying that the FAA has taken too long to modernize the air traffic system.

The National Air Traffic Control Association, which wasn't at the White House event, has said the current system is unacceptable and previously supported a federally chartered, nonprofit model. "However, any plans for privatization of our air traffic control system must also take into consideration the impact on general aviation". His bill to privatize air traffic control died previous year.

This will be an uphill battle for the president since the plan has to pass through Congress.

In an attempt to gain support for a plan that fell short in Congress past 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. It would transfer control of about 35,000 workers and leave the FAA to focus on safety. "Privatization eliminates the chance for Congress and the American people to provide oversight, creates uncertainty in the marketplace and is likely to raise costs for consumers".

President Donald Trump plans to modernize United States air traffic control systems, while transferring operations from a federal oversight body to a self-financing nonprofit organization.

"It's a system where everyone benefits", said Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, who briefed reporters on the plan last week. Trump said, "We will launch this air travel revolution by modernizing the outdated system of air traffic control". USA towers use pieces of paper to monitor a flight's progress, even as FAA has promised to transition to digital slips, among other technology updates. Trump, a former airlines owner, has also shown an interest and familiarity in the topic that has been missing on issues like health care.

The agency is funded largely in part by aviation user fees, such as taxes imposed on airline tickets, jet fuel, and air travel miles.

Business aircraft operators, private pilots and non-hub airports have also expressed concerns they might pay more and receive less service under a private corporation. The airlines have promised that won't happen.

Today the President of America, Donald Trump announced "its time to join the future".

Still, several other countries (including Canada) have successfully privatized air traffic control responsibilities in the last few decades, though this would be by far the biggest changeover in size and scope.

He wants to see the air-traffic-control system's 300 facilities, infrastructure, technology and 30,000 personnel folded into a not-for-profit corporation. "Our plan will get you where you need to go quickly, more reliably, more affordably, and yes, for the first time in a long time, on time".

Monday's announcement is part of a week-long series of proposals to overhaul the country's aging infrastructure as the White House confronts a growing probe into alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Currently, the FAA oversees about 50,000 flights per day.



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