The Path Forward For a Bipartisan Bill Becomes Increasingly Clear
Washington, DC – This week, a wide range of consumer advocacy and aviation groups applauded the Senate’s reauthorization of the FAA that paved a path forward for long-term funding without the controversial and misguided plan to privatize the Air Traffic Control (ATC).
“It’s increasingly clear that despite dysfunction on Capitol Hill, Republicans, Democrats and the aviation community all agree that FAA Reauthorization must move forward without ATC privatization,” said Americans Against Air Traffic Privatization Spokesperson Julia Alschuler. “After opposing the AIRR Act, group after group is now in favor of the Senate’s path forward. Congressman Shuster should stop listening airline executives and start paying attention to groups representing concerned consumers and workers.”
The bipartisan Senate vote comes as Congressman Shuster scrambles to keep the AIRR Act alive. While hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent by the lead airline trade association group to create a system that works in their favor, the American people can’t be fooled – organization after organization understand the risk privatization poses on the safest ATC system in the world.
Here is what has been said:
- “…The fact that there are no user fees for general aviation in this bill and there are provisions to continue research into unleaded fuels and increase grants for improvements to GA airports, and it’s all good news for GA.” – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker
- In addition, NCL is pleased with the absence of air traffic control privatization in bill, which reflects the broadly held consensus that such action would significantly harm the FAA’s ability to ensure the safety of the air travel system for the millions of consumers who depend it. – National Consumers League (NCL)
- “As PASS has stated previously, privatization of the air traffic control system is a risk this country should not be forced to take. Our aviation system is working. In fact, it is the largest, most complex and efficient aviation system in the world. No other country’s airspace—and no other country’s federal workforce—can compare. There is no reason to gamble with one of the safest systems in the world.” – Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) President Mike Perrone
- “On behalf of NBAA’s more than 10,000 member companies, we applaud this bipartisan step toward implementing a smart, targeted approach to funding the FAA’s efforts to modernize what is already the world’s safest ATC system, without going down the dangerous path of turning our ATC system over to a private board.” – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen
- This bill not only ensures ongoing funding of our FAA so that important infrastructure projects can move forward, but it protects the interests of consumers, airports and communities of all sizes by retaining Congressional oversight of our air transportation system. This legislation also supports modernization of our air transportation system, increases investment in important initiatives such as the Airport Improvement Program, and includes important reforms such as improving certification processes for new technologies. We look forward to working with Congress on issues impacting general aviation, local airports and rural communities that depend on them. – Alliance for Aviation Across America
- “We urge the House to adopt this measure in the same collaborative and bipartisan manner that the Senate exhibited, as it is important to implement FAA reauthorization and avoid the long series of continuing resolutions that we’ve seen in previous years. This legislation sets a positive path forward for the world’s best aviation system that serves our entire nation and allows us to pursue our individual freedom of flight.” – Experimental Aircraft Association CEO and Chairman Jack J. Pelton
- “Threats to workers’ rights, our safety and our economy demonstrate that there is too much at stake to justify the privatization of our air traffic control system. The
FAA must remain a cohesive unit of federal employees, not a private business
focused on revenue and costs.” – AFSCME Council 93 (New Hampshire) Executive Director and an AFSCME International Vice President Frank Moroney