Shuster's committee continues to work on a comprehensive FAA authorization and reform bill this year that provides transformational reform of the Nation's air traffic control service and moves America towards a 21st century aviation system that is without equal in the world.
But Congress might still want to keep the airline industry under the government's eye.
"For too long our country has tolerated unacceptable delays at the airport, long wait times at the tarmac, slowing of commerce and travel that cost us billions and billions of dollars in lost hours and lost dollars themselves", Trump said. Funding for the new organization will come exclusively from user fees, and the use of those funds will be managed by, among others, airline representatives, unions, and general aviation and airports. At a White House ceremony, President Trump said, "The current system can not keep up, has not been able to keep up for many years". In fact, Canada, which typically has a more liberal government, privatized its own air traffic control system in 1996.
In fact the proposal to break off the air traffic function from the government's Federal Aviation Administration was first proposed during the Clinton administration, and was revived early past year in legislation introduced by Pennsylvania Republican Bill Shuster.
Privatizing the air traffic control system in the United States is not a new idea; it has been tried before, however, the Senate quashed the plan. In this morning's speech, Trump said that the air traffic control system was "ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible".
And the president's overall legislative agenda has been slowed by efforts to overhaul ObamaCare and investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 White House race.
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Officials said on June 5 that the plan would be to create a non-profit to manage all air traffic control operations that would be funded through user-based fees and governed by a 13-member board made up of stakeholders.
The plan will need to get through Congress for approval.
He said that under the Federal Aviation Administration's current system, air traffic controllers use archaic radar technology and ground-based radio systems to track planes.
Both sides of the privatization debate said the system is one of the most complex and safest in the world. That effort picked up steam previous year when the union that represents air traffic controllers agreed to support a proposal by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., to spin off air traffic operations into a private, nonprofit corporation.
On Wednesday, President Trump is planning to travel to Cincinnati to discuss the freight movement on inland waterways.
If you're not near a major hub, they could jack up landing fees for small airlines and civilian aircraft. They argue these problems are proof that private business should not be trusted to do what's right for passengers.