A new approach and new enterprise to modernize and operate our nation’s air traffic control system.
Enhanced safety. Greater efficiency. Better value
- Fundamental change is long overdue. America’s growing aviation system demands a new, separate, non-government organization that is not funded by taxpayers and that will innovate faster and operate more efficiently. More than 50 countries have successfully separated air traffic control services from the regulator and are operating safely and efficiently.
- Safety regulation is an inherent government function; providing air traffic control is not. Nowhere else in America’s transportation system is the federal government the service provider. Moving air traffic operations out of the organization that oversees it is a practice recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization that has been widely adopted throughout the world.
- The FAA should focus exclusively on what it does best — safety. The independent, non-profit, air traffic control provider would then be free to operate more like a 24/7, high-performance service organization focused on innovation and customer service.
- Incremental reform inside government has been tried with mixed results. The FAA has worked hard to implement NextGen and make progress under government constraints. But, there is a better path to deliver urgently needed and sweeping air traffic control modernization. A large, complex federal government agency and an unpredictable appropriations process can, at best, only deliver sporadic progress.
- Greater efficiency, innovation and overall operational excellence of air traffic services will protect rural airports and airspace access for general aviation as our aviation system grows.
Updated: Thursday, June 22, 2017