May 27, 2008
Letters to the Editor Chicago Tribune 435 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
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To the Editor:
The Chicago Tribune’s proposed cure for what ails the nation’s air transportation system will instead probably kill one of the patients.
In countries that have privatized air traffic control, general aviation—all flight activity except the airlines and the military—has been dramatically reduced and in some cases driven to the brink of extinction. In the U.S. that means severely damaging an industry responsible for $150 billion in annual economic activity and 1.3 million jobs.
Privatized air traffic control systems are run by boards dominated by the airlines with no direct accountability to the people of those countries through oversight by elected officials.
General aviation is a key component of the Chicago area’s economy. At airports like Chicago Executive, Shaumburg Regional, and Dupage, among others, local businesses extend their reach beyond Chicago while clients from outside the area fly in to cut deals with Chicago businesses worth millions.
The 415,000 members of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association recognize the need to modernize air traffic control and believe the best way to accomplish that is to adequately fund the FAA through the current tax structure, with Congress acting as the FAA’s board of directors on behalf of the American people.
Phil Boyer President Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
May 23, 2008
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.