The MBAA opposes H.R. 2997 - please call your member of Congress to tell them you oppose this as well
H.R. 2997 seeks to privatize the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. NBAA strongly opposes this proposal, and now more than 100 general aviation organizations have declared their forceful opposition to the legislation.
Now Congress needs to hear from you.
I am asking you to call your member of Congress today, because this is a critical time in our battle against ATC privatization. H.R. 2997 is scheduled to be considered by the full U.S. House of Representatives next week, and the business aviation community needs to make our voices heard with members of Congress.
NBAA has established a toll-free action line to connect you with the DC offices for your members of Congress.
Please call 855-265-9002 as a voter and business aviation professional to state your opposition to H.R. 2997's plans to privatize ATC.
Visit NBAA’s Contact Congress website to learn about all your options for outreach and for details on how ATC privatization would restrict GA access to airports and airspace.
This legislation is the single-greatest threat to the future of general aviation we have faced, and NBAA appreciates your continued support.
President and CEO
National Business Aviation Association
(The following notes are from the WAMA, the Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association)
For those not familiar with this issue, the rationale behind not having a privatized ATC system are:
1) A private Board consisting of 13 members, eight, initially, would be appointed. The eight would consist of 2 airlines, 2 union representatives (assumed to be airline unions) 1 GA, 1 DOD and two "others." As can be seen, the Board is weighted i favor of the airlines;
2) The airlines have been attempting a privatized ATC system for their own benefit for over 20 years. With an airlines weighted Board, as with Nav Canada, the UK and Australia, business and general aviation would have limited access to the ATC system (limited to certain day parts) as well as airports.......consider Toronto airport which has temporarily closed the airport to business aviation;
3) From a safety perspective, it is believed that certain operators would fly below 18,000 and fly VFR rather than pay added fees;
4) The Board would be able to levy and collect taxes as well as dictate how the tax is calculated;
5) User Fees would be added, as is the case with Nav Canada and the UK, but the fuel tax would remain, thus business aviation would be taxed twice;
6) As was determined in both Canada and the UK, fees are normally not enough so government bailouts are necessary;
7) The current ATC system handles more operations than Canada and the UK combined, has far more control towers and many more airports, while operating the safest most secure system in the world;
8) FAA ATC has many more satellite based approaches than does Canada, the UK and Australia combined, and they are adding more monthly, which might not happen under a privatized system due to cost.
Read the opposition statement in its entirety