A proposal to privatize the FAA’s Air Traffic Control services is being met with strong opposition by general aviation advocacy groups.
The proposal, part of the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4441) was
approved Feb. 11 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on a vote of 32 to 26. Besides reauthorizing the FAA — which not only provides funding for the agency, but also lays out Congressional mandates — the proposed bill has a number of reforms, including some long-anticipated by GA, such as third-class medical reform and changes to the certification process.
But it also contains user fees for the commercial segments of GA, as well as the proposal to create a federally chartered air traffic control corporation that would be governed by a board of representatives from the aviation industry, with airline interests making up the majority.
And that’s what makes GA advocates nervous. They worry that this will ultimately result in restricted access to the skies for private pilots. [Read more…]