Trump Promises 'Cheaper, Faster and Safer' Air Travel

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 20, 2017

She also said that the airline expected to be able to cooperate with the Trump administration "to make air travel cleaner, safer and more efficient".

They point to the slow-going move from a radar-based system to one that uses GPS technologies as evidence of a need for change.

DJ Gribbin, special assistant to the president for infrastructure, acknowledged that the proposal - which National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) supported in its previous iteration - "had been percolating in DC for decades, so it was naturally low hanging fruit from policy perspective".

Under the current system, air traffic control is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the civil aviation arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, the air-traffic control system would move toward a model based on GPS technology, rather than the more rudimentary radar-based technology now used, meaning - in theory, at least - that planes could operate more efficiently, use less fuel and charge less. "Many controllers must use slips of paper to track our thousands and thousands of flights".

It's a change the major airlines have wanted.

The announcement does not come as a surprise, as Trump met with airline CEOs in February.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has already criticized the president, saying Trump's new infrastructure plan would leave the average American behind.

Though Trump didn't commit to any specific proposals, he appeared intrigued by what Kelly described as the "single biggest opportunity for aviation". He would also transfer responsibility for a $36 billion air traffic modernization program at the FAA to a new private entity. "We would just be concerned that rural America may lose some aspect of our aviation industry if it is another tax on the general aviation pilot".

The organization said that President Trump and Congress should work instead on long-term investment to improve air travel with measures that include construction of two new airports for New York City and Chicago to relieve the main cause of congestion delays, repeal of regulations and laws that prevent airline competition and block public private partnerships for airport ownership, support and construction. They will give Trump the opportunity to provide some counterprogramming to the drumbeat of Russian Federation news.

In a summary document released by the White House, the Trump administration proposes a three-year transition period to shift oversight of air traffic control.

The plan to privatise air traffic control was included in Mr Trump's budget proposal. His bill would create a corporation governed by a 13-member board comprised of officials from various facets of the aviation industry. "Then those members, along with the board's CEO, would select four independent members".

The union represents 11,000 FAA employees. After all, it's one less thing for the government to control.

"While the FAA operated the system every day in 2016 without any widespread glitches, it was the airlines that failed to manage their own IT systems, with large-scale disruptions on at least 15 occasions", Reps. "We hope these reforms will be bipartisan".

They have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by US airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernizations.

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