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.
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.
Bipartisan Group of Garden State Leaders Endorses Air Traffic Control Reforms That Will Benefit All New Jersey Fliers
The Editorial Board
The House has been working for months behind the scenes on the most significant improvement to commercial air travel in decades:
“Remember that time is money.”
- Ben Franklin, Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748
U.S. News & World Report
Thanks in part to lower airline tickets, experts are warning of record traffic in the skies this Labor Day weekend.
I urge Nelson to stand up to special interest and stand with the working women and men in aviation, the millions of us that fly coach, and support the 21st Century AIRR Act.
Clinton Administration Officials
The House of Representatives will soon vote on legislation to move the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control system to a non-profit, government-chartered corporation, leaving the FAA as an independent safety regulator.
The Missouri Times
A new group is seeking to push for reform and modernization to the nation’s air traffic control systems.
Several editorial boards, associations and others have commented extensively about the need for modernization of our nation’s air traffic control system and the value of moving operations out of the Federal Aviation Administration.