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Bolen Reiterates NBAA Opposition to Privatized ATC System at Major Washington Event
2015-07-20 15:59:17   Source:www.zgtyfly.com   comment 0
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Core tip:Duringagovernment-sponsoredsymposiumonaviationpolicyheldinWashington,DC,NBAAPresidentandCEOEdBolenremindedindustrystakeholdersthatthebusinessaviationcommunityhassignificantconcernsaboutproposalsrecentlydiscussedforcreatingaprivatizedAirTrafficControl

During a government-sponsored symposium on aviation policy held in Washington, DC, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reminded industry stakeholders that the business aviation community has significant concerns about proposals recently discussed for creating a privatized Air Traffic Control (ATC) system funded by user fees.

Participating in a July 7 panel discussion hosted by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, Bolen drove home many of the same points he has made about the concept of a privatized ATC system funded by user fees in a host of venues, including in mid-May testimony he provided before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Read Bolen’s May 19 Commerce Committee testimony in its entirety.

“The U.S. has the largest, safest, most diverse, complex and efficient system in the world,” noted Bolen at the TRB panel forum. Because the future of U.S. general aviation (GA) hinges on the ability of the current ATC system to accommodate all users as traffic grows, “the challenge is that what’s good enough today will not be good enough tomorrow. We need to have a system that preserves the diversity of our airspace.

“The U.S. airspace is public and should be operated to its benefit,” continued Bolen, who cautioned that one proposal to privatize the system would give taxing power to “self-interested industry stakeholders who may not act in the public interest.”

Given the vital impact that general aviation has on the economic livelihood of rural communities, as well as the national economy, Bolen warned that recasting the ATC system without carefully examining all the potential impacts would be ill advised. “We want to do something and do it right; not do something just for the sake of doing something.”

Recently, NBAA issued a "Call to Action" asking its Members and industry stakeholders to let elected officials know they are against plans to create a privatized ATC system funded by user fees. On June 15, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-9-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced plans to introduce a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which would do just that. (NBAA)

 

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