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Astronauts vs. Citizens for On Time Flights

atc privatization politicsWashington 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:

1. Astronauts Speak Out Against ATC Privatization

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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:


2. Citizens for On Time Flights

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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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4 Comments on "Whom do you trust?"

  1. Privatization of the NAS will fail significantly for the American consumer from a civilian and military perspective. This includes commercial space activities, air carriers, general/ corporate aviation and our folks in public use aircraft such as medical emergency. There is no such thing as a “Non profit” organization led by airline executives. .The military must be seeing a red flag with this notion. There is another answer to collectively manifest the FAA to be a productive agency for our nation. .

  2. Tony Verreos/September 7, 2017 STOP Jet Noise NOW! Brisbane 94005

    I trust the former Astronauts over the airline executives or politicians. Walt Smith commenting above says there is another answer to make the FAA a productive agency. He doesn’t say what that is, but I will – Congress needs to stop passing airline welfare acts, and start passing Protection for Public Health and Safety Aviation Acts. Rep Karen Bass of Los Angeles, CA just recently articulated the problem in a committee meeting proposing amendments which were then left DOA never to see the light of the House floor for debate. The legal process has been so thoroughly corrupted that our founding fathers would scarcely recognize it. What is needed is a MANDATE to put noise reduction, and pollution reduction ahead of efficiency and on time operations etc. Any fool can draw a straight line between two dots as the FAA has done with NextGen. No one voted for that! Complaints are off the charts, because the routes have subjected hundreds and thousands of new people to low and very loud engines.

  3. The GA manufacturing industry and supporting industries in the US would essentially evaporate. Thousands of lost jobs.

    “This land is your land; this land is my land (and the airspace above it).” Not if a private ATC has anything to do with it.

    Every time a privatized ATC would strike, the security of the NAS would be jeopardized and GDP would suffer.

    A non-profit ATC organization? Really?

    Where implemented, how has our privatized prison system worked. How about the efficiency of and quality of our privatized Flight Service stations.

    Ever been a patient in an air ambulance, callsign ‘Medevac xxxx,” where FAA ATC instructed your pilot to wait for an airliner, behind you, to land. Querying the tower after landing, the tower chief explained he didn’t want all those paying airline passengers to be delayed and the big airline company having to pay for all that extra to have to wait an “extra” less-than 10 minutes.

    Now, imagine your loved one in an air ambulance in a privatized ATC world. Whereas the FAA ATC made a personal decision against the patient above patient, the privatized ATC tower would delay the GA air ambulance flight as a matter of big-airline-industry, Washington lobby-influenced policy.

    Not that little guys matter much, but flying cross-country for very small business or pleasure would fade into our US history. Just ask our European compatriots.

  4. There’s more support from the aviator community–https://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2017/20170915-066.php

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