Corporate Monopoly Would Limit Access, Raise Costs
EAA is actively working on Capitol Hill to fight one of the most significant long-term threats to the general aviation community ever proposed. The ATC privatization proposal contained in the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, H.R. 2997 would be disastrous for GA.
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ATC Privatization Myths vs. Facts
The proposal would separate the nation’s air traffic control system from the FAA to be managed and operated by a not-for-profit corporation. The corporation would be run by a board of directors comprised of system stakeholders economically dominated by airlines and other commercial and labor interests, leaving general aviation to be marginalized over time. This means that GA access to airspace, the availability of ATC services, funding for rural airports, charting, weather services and flight service, will all be at the discretion of a private industry board heavily weighted in terms of influence to the airlines and associated interests. This is not just about whether or not there are user fees for GA, which currently there are not. It is about the future preservation and health of the entire GA system of access and infrastructure we enjoy today.
Though there are many positive provisions within the AIRR Act, this disastrous ATC privatization proposal outweighs them all. Members are encouraged to contact their Senators and Representatives and tell them that any ATC privatization proposal should be removed from the AIRR Act before it is considered further.
EAA statement for the record on ATC Privatization: Read the full statement, Read executive summary