“Privatizing the largest and most complex aviation system in the world is a risk not worth taking at this pivotal point in its modernization,” said Perrone. “Breaking apart the safest system in the world to establish a monopoly is fundamentally flawed. After closely reviewing this legislation, it is clear this plan lacks the protections the dedicated professionals at the FAA deserve and the flying public rely upon.”
PASS believes the reauthorization of the FAA is a crucial piece of legislation that should ensure the continued operation and modernization of the nation’s aviation system, as well as the jobs of thousands of federal employees. With steady and stable funding, the FAA can continue its progress on modernization and in so doing, protect the safety of the flying public. Privatizing the air traffic control system will reverse major advancements in modernization that have been made while compromising safety.
“The 21st Century AIRR Act is really no different than the bill the Chairman put forward last year, which PASS helped to defeat,” Perrone continued. “In the meantime, the committed public servants at the FAA have continued to make great strides with NextGen and put safety first while lawmakers are rehashing the same misguided arguments on privatization.”
PASS firmly believes that the safest and most complex air traffic control system in the world must remain in the hands of the federal government, accountable to the American people, and we will work with members of Congress to preserve our nation’s status as stewards of the largest and safest aviation system in the world.
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 www.passnational.org.
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SOURCE Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO