Trump to Privatize Air Traffic Control

In an attempt to streamline the government and make aviation operations far more efficient, President Donald Trump formally endorsed a plan Monday to essentially privatize America’s air control traffic system.

Designed “to remove air traffic control from the vagaries of the government budget process, which has limited the Federal Aviation Administration’s ability to commit to long-term contracts and raise money for major expenditures,” the plan would place FAA-administered airport towers/tracking centers and FAA employees under the control of a private, nonprofit corporation, according to the Associated Press via Forbes magazine.

“The current (aviation) system cannot keep up — has not been able to keep up for many years,” the president said during a White House ceremony. “We’re still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work.”

He was correct. The budget process mentioned by Forbes has prevented the FAA from modernizing its air traffic control system by upgrading “from radar and radio communications to GPS surveillance and digital voice and text communications.”

And whenever government shutdowns occur — the last one happened four years ago under the Obama administration — problems at the FAA only grow worse.

What’s interesting is that while ranking House Democrats reportedly oppose privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system, the administration of former Democrat President Bill Clinton proposed the same idea two decades ago. Moreover, it was around this time in the 90s that the United States’ far-left neighbors in Canada went ahead and privatized their own system.

Clearly, there’s a legitimate, non-political argument to be made in favor of privatizing these operations — so why then do so many contemporary Democrats oppose it? ABC News explained pithily explained why: “The debate boils down to the quintessential debate of big versus small government between Republicans and Democrats.”

Bingo. Democrats prefer to keep America’s air control traffic system trapped by the sluggishly grinding cogwheels of Big Daddy Government, whereas Trump desires that the system be placed under the auspices of a private, free-market-based nonprofit where it could truly thrive.

To be fair, genuine arguments against the privatization of these operations exist. As noted by ABC News, some in the aviation community worry that major airlines would hold “the most power” in the aforementioned corporation.

 

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source: http://conservativetribune.com/trump-massive-change-government/

  • giley1

    Big controlling government equals Democrats. It’s amazing that the Dems. are against anything that is better for making America great again. There faults to blame in both parties but the nonsense that is going on in Washington must end if we’re to get things done. Our enemies are just sitting back watching us self destruct

    • The Redman

      america is “self destructing” B cause of stupid, greedy white-folks who own, and ruin everything. gil-man

      • Jim Strong

        And those greedy white-folks will always own everything.

        • The Redman

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        • THOMAS GUARIANO

          Because they educate themselves, work hard,and set goals.

          • The Redman

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      • THOMAS GUARIANO

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        • The Redman

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  • The Redman

    white-folks ruined america

    • Jim Strong

      Wrong. All of the other colors ruined it.

      • The Redman

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        • Jim Strong

          That smell is your breath. I could smell it as you were laughing.

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      • THOMAS GUARIANO

        Nah! just the spooks.

  • George

    The word “privatization” is nothing more than a term for stealing tax dollars.
    Once the corporations have their foot in the door and have a monopoly established one can bet that the cost will skyrocket.
    Think about how digital broadcasting was crammed down our throats, thus requiring television viewers to subscribe to a cable service, not to mention the cost to taxpayers when many of their TV’s were rendered useless by this change.

    • J. Ernst

      QUITE TRUE!!!
      Because “privatization” equals GOVERNMENT expenditures, grants, stipends, etc…WITHOUT Government OVERSIGHT!!!
      There are HUNDREDS of “towers” that are “privatized” in that the controllers are CONTRACT Employees…somewhat like the USPS.
      Government Run and EMPLOYED FAA Controllers are like any other Federal Government Employees; UNIONIZED!!! Reagan had to “fight” them for wanting a greater piece of the pie DESPITE the future technology that was going to curtail FUTURE ATC Personnel WORK LOADS!!!
      UNIONIZATION: Good thing or bad thing, really doesn’t come into play here. What comes into PLAY here is COST:
      COST of operating a “system” that is becoming more automated,
      ACCESSIBILITY to General Aviation,
      COSTS incurred to the municipalities “running/operating/maintaining” airports, and ALL of the EMPLOYEES associated WITH the Aviation Industry!!!
      LIKE the “cable” TEE VEE industry, the bigger they became, the LESS of a REAL CHOICE WE received…but the cost soared, the commercials became overwhelming (Cable was originally “created” to ELIMINATE COMMERCIALS), EVEN P B S HAS commercials!!! AND, the contracts to receive “cable” has become aligned with communications in general.
      NOW imagine the AIRLINES becoming THE ONLY GO-TO AUTHORITY CONTROLLING AIRSPACE!!! OR, the burgeoning DRONE INDUSTRY CONTROLLING Airspace within 100 FEET of your: property, trees, house and your HEAD!!!
      The ADMINISTRATION of the Social Security Administration was denuded by Clinton when he RETIRED Tens of Thousands of SS Admin people AND POSITIONS from the Federal Employment so as to PRIVATIZE the administration thereof…by allowing PRIVATE CITIZEN LAWYERS to facilitate ANY and ALL of CASES that are automatically REFUSED BY the S.S. Administration. Privatization hiding in plain sight folks! The business model precedence created decades ago…right under our noses.
      Thankfully the AOPA LOBBY and People will weigh in on this latest attempt at corporate take-overs of OUR sovereignty and freedoms and accessibility to AIRSPACE!!!
      Definitely something to keep abreast of.

      • George

        Unfortunately, most of the population can’t recognize privatization as the purest form of fascism that it is. It is nothing more than giving tax dollars to corporations, not for better services, but for further encroachment upon individual rights, in the name of higher profits.

        My best advice to patriot Americans is to invest in precious metals, especially lead, because history has proven that those in power will never listen to the masses unless they have a gun pointed at their heads. At this point, it is too late for talk.

  • RT Fuller

    Part of the problem is when the FAA ask for money and Congress gave them money they didn’t fix their problems or buy new equipment they added another layer of management. This happened 4 times. This was recently stated in a congressional hearing on this subject.

    • THOMAS GUARIANO

      That’s why a stipulation should be in place as part of the deal, and making sure its followed up.