18 May 2017
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Wednesday to examine possible privatization of the FAA air traffic control (ATC) system and implementation of the NextGen modernization program. The Washington Post reports that testimony at the hearing suggested that “efforts to modernize the aviation system have fallen short.” DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said, “The FAA’s estimation [for completion of NextGen] is 2030 at a cost of $36 billion,” but he added, “We don’t know what the total cost will be and when it will be complete.” National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi “said the union would support [privatization] if the legislation guaranteed current pay rates, and health and retirement benefits for his members.” Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) said that the composition of the board that will direct the corporation controlling a privatized entity is “one of the most important parts of the whole thing.” Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), the panel’s ranking Democrat, warned that the new board “would effectively be controlled by the airlines.”  (Image: Dulles Airport ATC Tower)
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