WASHINGTON, D.C. — While testifying before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on reforming ATC, Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown testified that he finds the idea of privatizing ATC troubling, noting that the U.S. skies belong to the people and should be managed by their elected representatives and the FAA, which can balance collective interests and adjudicate access.
The FAA will hold three public information workshops this coming week on proposed airspace improvements over the Las Vegas metropolitan area. [Read more…]
President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser has said that the administration’s proposal to modernize U.S. air traffic control “probably” would not include a tax on general aviation or business aircraft, according to a news story at McClathcyDC.com.
“We’re probably not even going to tax general aviation,” Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, was quoted in the article. “There’s enough money in the aviation tax rate now.”
Read the full article here.
With the need to authorize the FAA before Sept. 30, 2017, a number of general aviation association leaders joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring “real and long-standing concerns” about a concept being pushed by some airlines regarding air traffic control.
Specifically, the GA organizations cited concerns over a proposal to create “a new governance and funding model for our nation’s aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world.” [Read more…]
Air Traffic Control is there to help, but for many new pilots, the other side of the radio is a mystery. In a video tip, Sporty’s goes behind the scenes with Air Traffic Control to learn what tools they use, how they see weather on their screens, how transponder codes work, and what services are available for VFR pilots. [Read more…]
In the space of one week in February, a report calling for sweeping changes to Air Traffic Control, including taking control of ATC from the FAA and putting it in the hands of a non-profit organization funded by user fees, was released, just days after a survey was released showing that most voters oppose privatizing ATC.
While privatizing ATC has been brought up time and time again, it gained a lot of headlines last year when House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) proposed it as part of an FAA reauthorization bill.
It never made its way to a full vote of the Congress, but many of its proposals are echoed in a new report just released by the Eno Center for Transportation, an independent, non-partisan think tank, as well as President Trump’s recently released “skinny budget” for fiscal year 2018. [Read more…]
GA advocacy groups recently joined with other industry groups to ask Congress to fully fund the Contract Tower Program as part of the FAA’s 2018 fiscal year appropriations bill. [Read more…]
Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), as well as Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), recently sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation opposing privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system. [Read more…]
The airlines are terrible at running their businesses, so let’s turn air traffic control over to them, says Andrew Schmertz, the CEO of Hopscotch Air, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. “What could go wrong?” he asks with tongue in cheek in a recent post.
He notes that the airlines have decades of losses in their own business and have filed for bankruptcy more times than anyone in history.
The airlines’ “naked power grab in their attempt to run Air Traffic Control, would potentially devastate general aviation,” he continues.
“In nations that have user fees for general aviation, general aviation suffers to the point of near non-existence,” he noted.
Read his full post here.
In the weeks before SUN ’n FUN opened, fly-in officials found themselves scrambling after the FAA told them the estimate for air traffic control services at this year’s event would be a whopping $325,000.
That’s a big difference from last year’s bill of $202,000.
“We told them we can’t survive,” recalls SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, adding he told FAA officials “you will literally put us out of business.” [Read more…]