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Oct. 8, 2017

As the fight against H.R. 2997, which contains a provision for ATC privatization, continues, industry advocacy on the legislation will take center stage at the upcoming NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas, NV.

“The so-called ATC-privatization bill effectively represents a give-away of America’s aviation system to a board of special interests, unaccountable to Congress,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Business aviation professionals must make their voices heard to prevent ATC privatization and put congressional and FAA focus on what is truly important – modernizing the aviation system, so that it remains the world’s best, five, 10 and 25 years from now. Our convention represents an important opportunity to help people mobilize on this critical issue.”

At this year’s convention, the 25,000 people expected to be in attendance will be encouraged to use iPads – made available on site by a dedicated ATC Not for Sale team, wearing branded t-shirts – right on the show floor. Signage, lapel stickers and other promotional items visible throughout the exhibit hall and the static display of aircraft will further encourage attendees to contact their elected officials during the convention week at the show.

The topic is also expected to be in focus during some of the show’s key events, including an Oct. 10 Media Breakfast, and the convention’s two opening sessions.

By visiting the website, users can find information to call or email their representatives asking them to oppose ATC privatization. A Facebook page – Air Traffic Control – ATC Not for Sale – provides regular updates about the concerns over ATC privatization, as well as a means to contact Congress on the issue through email and social media, and a toll-free number 1-833-GA-VOICE – to reach congressional offices by phone.