"As the debate about reform of the air traffic control (ATC) system continues, those against changing the system are simply not accepting reality. Congress must remove the ATC operations from government control."
Norman Y. Mineta
“Air traffic control reform, if done correctly, can make air travel more direct, more dependable, more efficient, and safer while substantially reducing flight delays, cancellations, and carbon emissions. These changes will benefit passengers, cargo carriers, general aviation and provide relief from the economic drag an underperforming system puts on our economy.”
“Americans expect an air traffic control system that is properly staffed. The people who work for the FAA want to do it right, but a 1950's government structure will never deliver the performance Americans deserve. The FAA suffers from an unstable procurement system and an unpredictable federal funding structure that hampers the agency from improving technology incrementally so it’s always up to date, which also undermines the FAA's ability to train and maintain a qualified workforce. We should make the changes necessary to preserve America's leadership in global aviation. This can only happen with systemic ATC reform."
“Moving the air traffic control function into a federally chartered non-profit, self-funding organization, moves it out of the uncertainty of future political battles over matters unrelated to the urgency of modernizing our air traffic control system.”
"The FAA’s reliance on antiquated technology is the clearest symptom of an underlying problem with the way the air traffic control system is run. When the FAA undertook air traffic control modernization in 1981, it estimated that the work would cost $12 billion and take a decade to complete. Thirty-four years and $56 billion later, the FAA still has not been able to achieve large-scale modernization; most of that money has gone to replace and upgrade existing equipment, yielding only incremental improvements in capacity and safety. Although the FAA is more than a decade into to its effort to move to a next-generation, satellite-based system, NextGen is facing the same systemic problems that have plagued past modernization efforts."
“Anyone arguing that ATC reform is about “privatizing” or creating a “profit-making” enterprise doesn’t understand the issue or doesn’t want you to understand it. The proposal is to establish a federally chartered, non-profit organization representing all stakeholders, including the federal government. The fees collected to run this system would reflect the costs to operate, maintain and improve it.”