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NBAA Issues 'Call To Action' Against Proposed ATC Privatization, User Fees

June 25, 2015 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today called upon its more than 10,000 Member Companies to make their voices heard in strong opposition to any legislative proposal that would strip congressional oversight of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) network in favor of a private entity funded through user fees.

On June 15, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-9-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, indicated he would soon introduce an FAA reauthorization bill that would include the creation of a privatized ATC system. Chairman Shuster further indicated that such an entity would be funded through aviation user fees.


While specific details of those proposals remain unclear at this time, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that both positions run contrary to longstanding positions held by the business aviation community. 

“The potentially dire consequences from such actions cannot be overstated,” Bolen wrote in his personal appeal to NBAA Members. “Without Congress to ensure that our nation's air traffic system safeguards the aviation needs of the entire public – including the people and companies that rely on general aviation in small and mid-size towns – such sweeping authority would instead be granted to a group of self-interested parties. 

“These parties will be left to make decisions about where and when companies using business aviation can fly, how much it will cost to do so, and what type of payment – including user fees – will be demanded of operators,” he continued. (Listen to a special NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on NBAA's call to action )



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