Smaller airports are lifeline of the communities they serve, serving as gateways to the community for businesses and residents. For that reason, Pullman, WA Mayor Glenn Johnson is one of many mayors across the country who oppose ATC privatization. “We don’t have a freeway here, we also don’t have a waterway, air transportation is our key to get out,” he said. “Under the Federal Aviation Administration everybody does get treated equally, under a privatized system, I don’t see that happening. We have reliable service, safe service as it is right now. It’s fair to all concerned.”
The Fairness to Pilots Act, Section 392 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, makes legislative tweaks to the Pilots Bill of Rights, further protecting pilots and other certificate holders as originally intended.
The U.S. aviation industry has dramatically reduced noise exposure and continues to do so, making any new legislative mandates on noise counterproductive to the protocols already in place, NBAA and a coalition of aviation organizations recently wrote in a letter to Senate leaders.