GA Community Defeats Latest Airline Attempt to Control ATC

The General aviation community once again contacted Congress in record numbers to let elected officials know that any attempt by the big airlines to gain control of our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system is simply unacceptable. Those efforts were successful and a dangerous amendment to the House FAA reauthorization bill that would have created an airline-dominated board to oversee the ATC system was removed. In addition, airline supported provisions to move the ATC system out of FAA to the Department of Transportation were also removed from the bill.

While the FAA bill going to the House floor this week is not perfect, we want to see it passed, as a long-term reauthorization is critical to advancing our shared priorities. Now we have a bipartisan bill that will modernize, not privatize ATC, and we are grateful for the hard work of members of Congress, and their willingness to listen to constituent concerns.

Thank you for listening to the concerns of the general aviation community and pushing back against plans to privatize our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. With general aviation in the United States supporting one million jobs and generating more than $200 billion a year in economic activity, it is critical that we have unrestricted access to airports and airspace.

Our ATC system is the world’s largest, most diverse, most complex and safest. Now that the distracting privatization proposal is no longer under consideration, we can work together on a long-term FAA reauthorization bill that advances modernization.

The general aviation community is a strong supporter of modernization and NextGen technologies that allow fair and equal access to airports and airspace. To date, NextGen has delivered $2.7 billion in benefits, and we look forward to working with Congress and FAA on targeted solutions to identified challenges that continue advancing our aviation system.

On behalf of the more than 240 general aviation groups that contacted Congress to oppose ATC privatization, thank you for your leadership on this critical issue. I look forward to progress on a long-term FAA reauthorization that advances modernization and preserves access for all aviation stakeholders.