Trump, Shuster back privatizing air-traffic-control system

Additionally, the air-traffic control system would move toward a model based on GPS technology, rather than the more rudimentary radar-based technology now used, meaning - in theory, at least - that planes could operate more efficiently, use less fuel and charge less.

On Monday, President Trump announced a plan to privatize air traffic control-the start of his $1 trillion faux infrastructure plan, appropriately timed for infrastructure week. Another is the suspicion that anything supported by the air-traffic controller union must be unacceptable.

Opponents, including Delta Air Lines, say the USA system is so large that privatization would not save money, and would drive up ticket costs and could create a national security risk.

Privatization supporters complain that the FAA's procurement process is so cumbersome that new equipment is no longer the latest technology by the time it's acquired.

"On the air traffic control system, the general aviation community, the small rural airports, the major carriers and the air traffic controller themselves all have to feel that they are, and need to be, involved in that discussion", Blunt told reporters Tuesday.

President Trump was focused on an issue that would improve America, by privatising the Air Traffic Control system in an effort to update it and make it more efficient, reducing the frustrating wait times, often experienced.

Some aviation insiders say airlines could also pay the user fees and pass that onto consumers. "All surpluses will be plowed back to be re-invested in the system", Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao explained.

In the speech, Trump called for the removal of air traffic control operations from the FAA and placing it under a nonprofit entity to be funded by user fees.

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"There is no consensus on this short-sighted privatization proposal", DeFazio, of OR, said. Governed by a board of directors, the organization will include airline representatives, government officials and aviation groups.

The President's plan would essentially shift FAA responsibilities to a Private Company. "A total waste of money - $7b-plus-plus", Trump said, while taking at a swipe at the Obama administration.

The more remarkable feat is how many in the industry agree on the basics: The airline trade group supports a spinoff, and a year ago so did the air-traffic controller's union, which said it will evaluate the specifics of any bill.

Monday marked the start of a push from Washington, D.C.to privatize air-traffic control.

Shuster past year succeeded in getting the air-traffic measure passed from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which he chairs. "The current system can not keep up, hasn't been able to keep up for many years". Union leaders say controllers are exhausted of working with outdated equipment and are concerned about government shutdowns and furloughs.

Winning congressional approval would still be an uphill battle for Trump.

Democrats have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by US airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernizations.

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