The ATC Privatization Debate?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in "Hangar Flying" | 0 comments


NextGen air traffic control improvements are championed by government officials, but one former government official argued through an editorial this week that ATC may fare better in private hands. According to Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, NextGen is “a step in the right direction.” But because it’s being rolled out in stages, he argues it will take too long to implement. The former director cites Canada’s nonprofit corporation NAV Canada and says the answer to a better air traffic system in the U.S. is the private sector. And user fees. Not everyone agrees.

This debate is an ongoing struggle. Thoughts of calling ATC and having to give a credit card number prior to being able to obtain a clearance seem absurd. Would we experience the same screaching halt we saw with the change of FSS while in the air with a change like this? What are your thoughts?

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