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FAA, Unions React To ATC Plan”

"We're at an all-time low for certified controllers", Conde said.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said the U.S. has an antiquated system that is based partly on 1950s technology.

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

"There is no consensus on this short-sighted privatization proposal", DeFazio, of OR, said.

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"For too many years, our country has tolerated too many delays at the airport, too many wait times on the tarmac", said President Trump Monday.

"Modernizing the air traffic control system is another great idea, but when it comes to the details, we want to make sure all of the stakeholders are included", Everett said.

"That is one of the areas administration would be mirroring other countries and how they operate privatized control towers", said DuRay. But groups representing private-plane manufacturers, such as General Dynamics Corp.'s Gulfstream Aerospace, which worry about the service smaller airports would receive, issued statements saying it would have a negative impact on aviation.

The FAA spends almost $10 billion a year on air traffic control, paid for largely through passenger user fees, and has spent more than $7.5 billion on next-generation air traffic control reforms in recent years.

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"Privatization eliminates the chance for Congress and the American people to provide oversight, creates uncertainty in the marketplace and is likely to raise costs for consumers". Stripping air traffic control from the federal government will only introduce uncertainty and risk.

Much like a bill signing, Trump was surrounded by the lawmakers after his remarks as he signed a decision memo and a letter to Congress outlining his principles for the air traffic control plan. Thursday, he is scheduled to be at the White House discussing infrastructure needs with mayors and governors from across the nation. Thune has previously suggested that there is not enough support on his committee to move an FAA reauthorization bill in the coming weeks that includes air traffic reform. Shuster wanted to end a tax on airline tickets that's used to pay controllers. That's a testament to how inefficient the current system is. The President said the plan will use technology from companies around the world, though he declined to name them.

Cleveland's Air Route Traffic Control Center, located in Oberlin, is the third busiest in the nation.

Airlines and the controllers union say the modernization effort has been slowed down by the agency's dependence on inconsistent funding from Congress and occasional government shutdowns and controller furloughs. The administration is seeking congressional approval for the increased spending.

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Airlines in the USA have campaigned to separate the FAA. and ATC for two decades, but the proposal still has to pass muster with Democrats.



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