President Trump announces plan embracing privatization of air traffic control system

Some Republican and Democratic members of Congress have criticized the plan in the past, fearing that USA airlines would prioritize their own interests over those of air traffic facilities and their 30,000 employees nation-wide, the Associated Press reported.

It also occurs as Kansas City has invited offers for companies interested in privately financing a roughly $1 billion project to reconfigure KCI's three-terminal design into a single building.

President Donald Trump said Monday that the nation's air traffic control system needed a modern makeover and urged Congress to approve a privatization plan that he said would increase safety and reduce wait times for passengers.

The proposal is also created to shrink government and reduce taxes, said DJ Gribbin, a special assistant to the president who gave a briefing on the plan Monday morning. These concerns are based on our operating experiences in these foreign systems and the impact they have had on general aviation. It operates a hotline for passengers at 877-FLYERS6, publishes a weekly newsletter, serves on the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee and maintains an office in Washington D.C. for public education and advocacy. The FAA would still provide safety oversight.

It's a classic Republican strategy to break the government and then advocate for cutting or privatizing said government because it's broken, so no surprises there. "Today, we are proposing to take American air travel into the future... finally", said Trump.

Cohn acknowledged that it will be tough for any legislation to get through on Capitol Hill in 2018, an election year.

Union officials have complained that the FAA has been unable to resolve chronic controller understaffing at some of the nation's busiest facilities and pointed to the modernization effort's slow progress. That has led to reduced staffing levels and the slow implementation of new technology.

"Canada, as an example, modernized their air traffic control through a non-government organization about twenty years ago, and they have cut costs significantly", Trump said.

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The FAA has worked to upgrade its system, but Trump and other critics say it was taking far too long.

Air traffic controller staffing was at 11,753 in 2012 and has since dipped to 10,532. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has said that privatization would protect workers from potential government shutdowns and uncertain Federal funding.

That opposition could sink the proposal in Congress, or at least rile up some of Trump's base. It also says privatizing air traffic control amounts to "handing the airlines (for free) control over a core public asset, and providing them almost unbridled power to extract new fees and increased taxes from passengers". "If Trump wants to actually put forward a proposal along these lines, he's going to have to put a lot of personal juice behind it".

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking about the USA role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

"Dozens of countries have already made similar changes with terrific results", Trump said Monday.

White House officials said the new entity would be overseen by a 13-member board that will include members from the airline industry, unions, general aviation, airports and other stakeholders. The nonprofit would be funded by user fees and could borrow money. "And we will enhance safety".

At the same time the principles also outlined a pay-for-access system, saying, "The new ATC entity would grant FAA-certified users access to the NAS, subject to their participation in the system's user fees, their being equipped as necessary to fly in controlled airspace and their compliance with other applicable rules and regulations".

The report found that the FAA lacks the ability to respond to system failures because of lack of training for controllers, new technology that could enable improvement will not be available for years, contingency plans are incomplete, and the FAA doesn't have effective plans to share information internally and externally.

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