Astronauts vs. Citizens for On Time Flights
Washington has 5 seasons—winter, spring, summer, fall and SILLY. The last is as unpredictable as the weather and tends to correlate with “politicometric” pressure as measured between 1600 Pennsylvania and Capitol Hill.
HR 2997 has created the “politicometric” conditions which have brought SILLY SEASON to the 10 square miles of virtual reality surrounded by reality. Here are two examples—ENJOY and use the COMMENTS section to vote on whom you TRUST:
Four former NASA astronauts are featured in a 98-second video encouraging citizens to contact their congressional representatives to oppose the privatization of U.S. air traffic control (ATC) services. “We know better than most that our national airspace is precious and that our freedom to use it now hangs by a thin thread,” explains former Gemini and Apollo astronaut Lieutenant General Thomas Stafford in the short video produced and distributed by the International Council of Air Shows, a non-profit trade association. The organization is distributing the message through social media to educate the public on the dangers of this legislation and motivate them to oppose ATC privatization. In the video, the four astronauts – Stafford, Jim Lovell, Robert “Hoot” Gibson and Ken Cockrell – explain the negative impact of House bill H.R. 2997 which includes language that would turn over the infrastructure and management responsibilities for America’s entire air traffic control system to a non-profit organization dominated by the commercial airlines and their allies. “If approved, legislation…to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system would damage this country,” cautions Gibson, a retired Navy captain who made five trips into space as a Space Shuttle crew member.
Here’s their video:
is dedicated to promoting more efficient air travel. Every day, thousands of flights are delayed, millions of gallons of fuel wasted and billions of dollars lost because the government has systematically failed to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system. The status quo is unacceptable. We cannot continue to run the air traffic control system the same way since the 1950s and expect different results.
The travelling public is fed up with an antiquated system unbefitting of the most powerful nation in the world. Our mission is to show Congress that inaction has consequences, and we intend to give voice to consumers who want change.
Citizens for On Time Flights is a grassroots program facilitated by Airlines For America, the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, providing consumers with information on the benefits of air traffic control reform.
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