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blank 07/20/17 04:33PM Air Traffic Control, ATC, Privatization

ATC Privatization

Sully Said 'No ATC Privatization' You Should Too

In case you missed it, last week, former airline captain and "Miracle on the Hudson" legend Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger sharply criticized proposals for privatizing the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system, specifically the ATC-privatization plan included in H.R. 2997.

In a July 13 interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Sully noted that H.R. 2997, would cede power to the commercial airlines "by removing oversight of the air traffic control system from the FAA and much of the oversight that Congress currently has and give it to a group of people, stakeholders basically controlled by the largest airlines, to control access to and pricing of access to the air traffic control system."

The concern over H.R. 2997 expressed by Sully is one that NBAA shares: this legislation gives away Congressional oversight of aviation, and hands it to a private group unaccountable to Congress. Simply put, the bill represents the single greatest threat to the future of general aviation we have faced.

Now is the time to take tell your members of Congress you oppose H.R. 2997. The legislation could be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives as early as this week. If you haven't already done so, please do the following:


NBAA salutes Sully for speaking out against ATC privatization, and we appreciate your support on this issue of critical importance to business aviation.

Ed Bolen
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association

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