I got one of those little postcards in the mail today - the ones you get from the FAA semi-occasionally that ask you to participate in the annual aircraft survey which is used "to calculate fleet size and the hours flown by the general aviation community", to quote the p[postcard. The card is addressed to the owner of a particular aircraft (this year it was referencing our Dream Tundra) and send you to the web to take the survey, which is conducted by a contractor. Continue reading "The Survey"
ATC privatization has been removed from an FAA reauthorization bill in the House of Representatives, scoring a victory for general aviation against a powerful, well-financed lobby that sought to give control of the national air traffic system to the country's largest airlines. Continue reading "FAA Privatization plan dropped from House bill"
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today joined a consortium of general aviation groups united in opposition to legislation introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), which includes provisions to turn the nation's air traffic control infrastructure and services to a privatized, non-profit board dominated by commercial aviation interests. Continue reading "EAA, GA Groups Unified in Opposition to ATC Privatization"
President Trump's characterization of the United States Air Traffic Control system was a statement, unsupported by evidence, that listeners are supposed to believe and take as face value. He describes the system as "an ancient, broken, horrible system that doesn't work" - which could not possibly be farther from the truth. In reality, the US ATC system is, without a doubt, the best in the world, handling a volume of traffic that far exceeds that of any other system anywhere. It does this with a degree of safety that is as close to 100% as you can measure, and while there are always efficiencies to be gained with modernization (a process that pilots are already paying for in the cost of ADSB equipage), there is no doubt that the system is measurably without peer. Unfortunately the vast majority of non-aviators, knowing nothing more than that they have had a flight delay on an airline, has no idea that the President's statements are merely political posturing. Continue reading "The ATC Privatization Proposal - A Bad Idea for General Aviation"
User fees a main funding pillar of plan that is 'solution in search of a problem'
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today joined other general aviation groups in opposing the measures outlined by the White House for reform of the nation's air traffic control system, telling the administration that dismantling the current system will devastate GA while not accomplishing the desired goals of efficiency and technological improvements. Continue reading "EAA Joins Other GA Groups Opposed to White House ATC Privatization Plan"
On Thursday, the Trump Administration released a budget proposal that confirms one of our greatest concerns regarding the future of U.S. general aviation: the potential separation of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization into an "independent, non-governmental organization." This proposal mirrors one introduced in Congress last year in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
EAA strongly opposed ATC privatization then, and we strongly oppose it now. Continue reading "EAA Statement on White House ATC Privatization Proposal"