Trump promises 'cheaper, faster and safer travel' with private air traffic control

Trump plans week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control

At a White House ceremony, President Trump said, "The current system can not keep up, has not been able to keep up for many years".

A letter to President Trump opposing the "Principles for Reforming the U.S. Air Traffic Control System" was signed by EAA and 15 other general aviation organizations.

But Congress might still want to keep the airline industry under the government's eye.

The idea of privatizing air-traffic control has been floated since the 1990s - Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at times supported the concept - without success. "For the airlines, it will save them money".

What is wrong with the current air traffic control system?

Canada has a public private partnership, and it has led to a system that is more automated and efficient, according to Davis.

About 50,000 flights take off and land in the United States every day. The safest airline system in the world. Even under a congressional privatization plan, the FAA would continue to provide safety oversight of the system, the AP reported.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has already criticized the president, saying Trump's new infrastructure plan would leave the average American behind.

"It's a system where everyone benefits", said Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, who briefed reporters on the plan last week.

Privatization represents a bold attempt by the aviation industry to carve out operations and procurement activities along with most or all of AATF funding, while dumping responsibility for remaining FAA functions onto taxpayers.

"There does not appear to be conclusive evidence that any of these models is either superior or inferior to others or to existing government-run air traffic services, including FAA, with respect to productivity, cost effectiveness, service quality, and safety and security", the report said. NavCanada can raise private capital, make long-term financial commitments, and it recently lowered the fees it charges airlines.

With the technology available today, this would no longer be necessary and the control center could be relocated, with air traffic controllers using digital displays. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently made efforts to upgrade its network, critics have said the process has taken too far too long, particularly in the shift from radar-based tracking to a GPS system.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that Trump was recycling "a exhausted Republican plan that both sides of the aisle have rejected" and would "hand control of one of our nation's most important public assets to special interests and the big airlines".

Some former high-level FAA managers also favor the privatization plan, which is opposed by many Democratic lawmakers and private-aviation groups. The bill authorizes that corporation to impose user fees, which would replace the current tax on airline tickets.

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