GAMA slams Trump’s latest move to privatise ATC

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has slammed the latest attempt by President Trump to privatise air traffic control in the US.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it‚” said Pete Bunce, president and CEO of GAMA, in a message sent out to the industry this morning.

The latest proposal is included in President Trump’s 2019 budget proposal.

“The US has the safest, most efficient, most technically advanced system in the world,” said Bunce. “Many other countries around the world utilize airspace system modernization technologies and procedures that the FAA designed and implemented.

“No other country has a nationwide deployed Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ground infrastructure. Similarly, the US leads the world in deployment of data communication technology.

“The saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it‚’ most definitely applies here – why do we need to disrupt an entire system and change it, when the US system is the safest, most efficient in the world?”


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