NBAA Welcomes Senate Letter Opposing Privatized ATC Funded by User Fees

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Washington, DC, Jan. 29, 2016 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed a bipartisan letter from Senate appropriators opposing plans for creating a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system funded with user fees.

The letter, sent Jan. 28 by Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), comes as Congress is debating reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The appropriators’ message was addressed to members of the Senate Commerce Committee, which will be the Senate Committee charged with writing legislation for FAA reauthorization. 

Read the appropriators’ letter in its entirety.

For much of the past year, NBAA and its members have been voicing opposition to proposals for privatizing ATC and funding it with user fees, which are being promoted by a number of big airlines. 

Bolen welcomed the letter, saying, “it represents an important perspective from legislators who have, for decades, ensured funding for the nation’s air transportation system, despite great volatility in both the U.S. and world economies.”

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