Warning! ATC Privatization Imminent

As AOPA, Flying Magazine, and others have just warned, the outgoing House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R, PA) has inserted a last-minute amendment into the FAA Reauthorization bill now before Congress that would place the U.S. air traffic control system under the jurisdiction of an airline-dominated board of directors within the Department of Transportation rather than the FAA.  In other words, effectively privatize ATC.  And definitely bad for GA!

The bill could be voted on as early as Wednesday.  Please use this link to find your House Representative and urge them to vote against the bill.

For more info: https://www.flyingmag.com/ga-leaders-urgently-warn-atc-privatization-imminent

10 thoughts on “Warning! ATC Privatization Imminent

  1. Just wrote my Congressman, asking that he oppose this Trojan Horse.

    As a 36 year + airline pilot, I understand how the airlines think about GA, and although I think many (most?) government functions could absolutely be done better by private companies, ATC is certainly NOT one of those.

    And even if we were forced to accept privatization, it shouldn’t be under the thumb of an airline-dominated board that would meet in secret, not subject to many of the public hearing laws on the books.

    Hope this doesn’t fly.

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  2. Steve, thanks for sending this out. Looks like this onerous piece of “legislation” that Shuster tried to sneak in under the radar at the last minute was defeated. Since he the out-going transportation committee chairman, he had nothing to lose. Another example of the shameful way some of our so-called representatives conduct themselves.

    Bob Wilkerson mopilot827@gmail.com

    On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 5:55 PM, Flying with Seattle Avionics wrote:

    > Steve Podradchik posted: “As AOPA, Flying Magazine, and others have just > warned, the outgoing House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster > (R, PA) has inserted a last-minute amendment into the FAA Reauthorization > bill now before Congress that would place the U.S. air traff” >

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  3. Hi Steve,

    I just read your email from yesterday about ATC privatization being imminent, which was also highlighted in an article in Flying magazine yesterday. I’m confused, because in a Flying article on 4/19, it says the House already passed it minus the addendum. https://www.flyingmag.com/house-passes-faa-reauthorization-minus-atc-privati zation

    I wonder if the magazine had yesterday’s warning pre-written and scheduled, and the actual news got crossed.

    Anyway,,, LOVE FlyQ EFB! Keep up the good work!

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    • Yup all correct. Apparently the House rules allow the committee chairman to make changes to a bill after the committee vote. That’s what he did. Slimy! The good news is that it seems like it was removed several hours later due to all the calls/emails that AOPA, Flying, etc. caused.

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      • It seems it was removed. I have seen articles from NATA, AOPA, and others to that effect. If it had passed it would have presented great challenges for my sector of aviation (91K & 135).

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