Travelers Deserve Modern Air Traffic Control Now

As the nation readies for one of the busiest travel periods of the year, now is the perfect time to ask Congress "Why is the United States the last developed country in the world to finally upgrade from 1950s air traffic control (ATC) technology?"

Think about it as you are sitting in an airport waiting on your delayed flight or when frustration sets in as you try to piece together your next trip away from home. Instead of having an ATC system that relieves congested airspace, efficiently manages planes on the ground and allows planes to operate confidently in inclement weather, the U.S. relies on a system other nations discarded decades ago.

Another holiday season, another delay at the airport. Take air traffic control away from the FAA

The aviation industry has always played a major role in California’s economy, which leads the nation in economic output associated with air travel.

Total direct travel spending in California was $126 billion last year alone, a large portion of which involved air travel. California is the transportation gateway to foreign trading partners, including Asia, and our prosperity is closely tied to the movement of goods and people as well as exports. California is also a destination for people from all over the United States and the world.

An Air-Traffic Winner

The Editorial Board

The House has been working for months behind the scenes on the most significant improvement to commercial air travel in decades: