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Podcast: Trump and Shuster vs. Washington Gridlock on ATC Privatization

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on Jun 9, 2017

Interesting on the points raised, but misses the most critical point, in that the proposed transaction won't solve the airline-created delay/GDP/STOP problem. Mandating airline use of commercial off-the-shelf software is the ONLY demonstrated, validated means of achieving this necessary objective. The US economy demands it, and each of the big four airlines would save more than $1 billion annually in (now) wasted operating and poor-quality costs using it. What's the delay? Airlines want CONTROL and ability to pass through HIGHER fees to the traveling public, including those using Business Aviation. Airlines delay, we all pay. Time to stop that expensive charade, and mandate airline self-help.

on Jun 9, 2017

Balony. There is no incentive for ATC to be efficient in handling traffic or building infrastructure to mitigate delays to meet the demand of the traveling public. First come first served, waiting for flights to call for taxi before sending for release, meager ability to modify routes when weather blocks departure or arrival gates- you currently have a system where one government entity causes delays while another fines the airline for those government caused delays.

The idea that FAA is making progress after decades of program delays and cost overruns with essentially no gains in operational efficiency is risible. NavCanada and NATS is far ahead and provides far better service.

Ask Gary Kelly at Southwest what he thinks of FAA's promises on Next Gen.

on Jun 9, 2017

ATC should be a stand-alone agency and should not be turned over to the airlines-they do NOT own the airspace (yet), but will after trump finishes auctioning-off OUR infrastructure. privatization means the death of what's left of GA, the airlines have proven again and again they are not able to put the flying public first-and neither will a for-profit ATC system.

on Jun 9, 2017

Like nearly all of Trump's "infrastructure" ideas, corporatization is the objective. Toll roads, for-profit water and sewer systems, semi-monopolistic control of broadband, private schools, private national security contractors, Blackwater-ish skimming of the military budgets, etc., etc. define the ideological anti-government thrust. Now ATC, for heaven's sake! If some of the privatization schemes include a "non-profit," it's just a stepping stone to full corporatization. Even during the non-profit phase, look for humongous executive salaries at the expense of operating and capital acquisition dollars. My comment: Phooey.

on Jun 9, 2017

Better I pay for the road I use than me pay for some train in New Jersey for useless liberals to go to work in New York. I'm being robbed. Everyone wants infrastructure but no one wants to pay for it. Liberals in particular, they say we need to rob "other people" to pay for this not me. Pass laws that when the road is paid off the tolls stop. Write your congressman don't just whine.

on Jun 9, 2017

We all know the nightmare theses guys caused when they went on strike. They cost this country millions of dollars. They are no better than terrorists holding you hostage to their money demands. That has to stop in fact all government as well, should be unionless.

on Jun 12, 2017

The term private is not inclusive in the meaning of non-profit.
Is there truly an existence of a non-profit organization?
The Trump administration has been elusive on details and clarity is needed.
If ATC becomes either, each has the nature to become a "financial overun".

on Jun 18, 2017

"Like nearly all of Trump's "infrastructure" ideas, corporatization is the objective. Toll roads, for-profit water and sewer systems, semi-monopolistic control of broadband, private schools, private national security contractors, Blackwater-ish skimming of the military budgets, etc., etc. "
- scooterduff

Quite true.

The Democrat view of government is that it should protect the citizen from the corporations. This I find questionable as sometimes I don't want so much protection.

The Republican theory of government has been well tried in the last 40 years. The idea that government exists to hold the citizen down while the corporations gang bang them is even more offensive.

We just watched the results of giving the profitable management of a publicly constructed asset burn in London.

If the issue is having to restrict government control of corporations at the ballot box; or fight government and the corporations alone, I think the former is safer.

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