Today President Trump welcomes to the White House CEOs of the biggest USA airlines to endorse the creation of an airline controlled corporate monopoly to take over the nation's air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, a union representing almost 20,000 air-traffic controllers and other aviation safety-related professionals, supported Shuster's 2016 legislation.
"Seize this opportunity - because if you don't, we're gonna come, and you're not gonna like it", U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said. Huerta released a brief statement, saying he supports "looking at new ways to help us provide stable and sufficient funding to more rapidly modernize our system, while maintaining the highest level of safety". The president argues that moving air traffic control to a non-profit corporation will quickly modernize the system.
For President Donald Trump to succeed with his plan to place the air-traffic system outside government, he will need to win over lawmakers like Jerry Moran, a deeply conservative Republican senator from Kansas. "If you make it harder for small aircraft owners to fly, some of them are just going to stop".
Inhofe said he wants to see some changes made to the air traffic control plan, but declined to offer further details.
In the light of day, the plan appears to be a play by the airlines to control the air traffic control system in this country, with the potential to diminish resources available for general aviation.
Trump said spinning off Federal Aviation Administration control of an "antiquated, horrible" system to a self-financing, government-sanctioned corporation wouldn't require taxpayer funds. "As the air traffic debate continues, we are also concerned about the impact of these proposed reforms on general aviation based on what we have seen in other countries".
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The plan calls for creating a board with representatives from airlines, unions, trade groups and the federal government.
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"Today we're preposing to take American air travel into the future, finally, finally", said Trump. The President said the plan will use technology from companies around the world, though he declined to name them.
Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, disagrees.
Winning congressional approval would still be an uphill battle for Trump. "The current publicly operated system - the safest in the world - needs more public investment, not private control".
Democrats have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by USA airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernization.
What he's really talking about is a long-shot plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system while at the same time giving the airlines a tax cut.