Six associations representing the general aviation industry on June 20 issued a statement strongly opposing the Trump administration's inclusion in its government reorganization proposal of a failed idea to privatize the FAA's air traffic control services.
“There is a large and diverse chorus of opposition to the idea of privatizing our air traffic control system, including congressional leaders from both political parties, more than 100 aviation organizations, over 100 business leaders, 100 U.S. mayors, consumer and agricultural groups, conservative think tanks, and the majority of Americans. Additionally, this concept has been fully considered in the U.S. Congress and rejected despite years of repeated attempts,” said AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Helicopter Association International, National Air Transportation Association, and National Business Aviation Association.
“We are disappointed that the Administration continues to reintroduce a failed proposal. Instead, it should put its weight behind FAA legislation pending in Congress that will advance the aviation industry, including general aviation, which contributes $219 billion to the U.S. economy and creates over one million jobs in the U.S.”
Three hundred GA pilot organizations, state and local aviation officials, airports, manufacturers, labor unions, businesses, management associations, and consumer groups stand united against air traffic control privatization.