PASS’s statement covers a variety of topics, including the economic impacts of a privatized ATC system, concerns with a lack of congressional oversight, possible government security issues, and the inherent problems associated with having a corporate board with special interests that would dictate everything from fees to modernization efforts to safety activities.
Of utmost importance, PASS emphasized that the FAA employees who perform vital aviation safety work must remain federal employees, and that this is critical to a safe and efficient National Airspace System. “The impacted federal employees include those who work closely with aviation systems and equipment on a daily basis—employees who are trained specifically to perform such delicate work with the sole focus on ensuring the safety of the flying public,” said Perrone. “It is unfathomable—even dangerous—to consider gambling with the future and safety of our air traffic control system through privatization.”
Privatization proponents also ignore the fact that this ATC reform proposal would undermine modernization efforts. “This argument disregards an essential detail: the FAA is making very real progress through the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen),” said Perrone. “This progress—and the corresponding benefits being realized now and in the future—will be forced to a standstill if the system is privatized.”
Since 1977, PASS has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures and perform quality analyses of the aviation systems. For more information, visit the PASS website at www.passnational.org.
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SOURCE Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS)