In light of the recent FAA privatization bill, WAA wrote to Congress opposing this bill for various reasons. Recently, we received a response letter from Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the U.S. Representative for New York's 16th congressional district. In the letter below, he expresses "concerns about privatizing the safest air traffic control system in the world" and states "I do not believe privatizing the system is a move in the right direction."
The WAA will keep updating our membership and the community both here and in our newsletters as this issue continues. Note that last month an extension to the bill was granted by the House and FAA funding will continue through March 31, 2016.
Dear Mr. Hobbs,
Thank you for contacting me in opposition to the privatization of the US air traffic control system. I appreciate knowing your views on this issue.
As you know, in June, Chairman Bill Shuster of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced his intention to call for the privatization of the country’s air traffic control system. Such privatization would entail the creation of a new non-governmental corporation to manage air traffic control in the United States. Presently, air traffic control in the U.S. is handled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
I have significant concerns about privatizing the safest air traffic control system in the world. The current system handles over 2 million passengers safely and efficiently daily, and I do not believe privatizing the system is a move in the right direction.
While Chairman Shuster has yet to introduce legislation concerning this issue, funding for the FAA is set to expire on September 30th. Please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind should provisions regarding the privatization of the country’s air traffic control system be included in any proposed FAA finding measure.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Catherine Barnao, my legislative assistant for transportation issues, whenever you have a matter of interest or concern. Catherine can be reached at Catherine.Barnao@mail.house.gov or 202-225-2464.
Eliot L. Engel
Member of Congress