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Trump unveils plan to upgrade air traffic control system

Trump unveils plan to upgrade air traffic control system

The US air traffic system is the world's largest, but technologically it severely lags behind other countries that have already implemented digital messaging, GPS flight tracking, and newer alternatives to the 1960s-era systems still found in US air traffic facilities. He also said that the privatization plan would save consumers money by reducing flight delays and wait times.

Meanwhile, more than 40 air traffic controllers work at Newark Liberty and their union, which lost the right to strike back in the 80s, offered cautious support, saying " ...

Flanked by the current and former secretaries of transportation, Trump stated that the ATC system was designed when far fewer people flew and called it "stuck painfully in the past".

The businessman-turned-president's push to privatize the system came as the airline industry and regulators have managed an extensive period of safety in the skies - there hasn't been a fatal crash of a domestic airliner in the U.S.in eight years.

The U.S. air traffic control system is in line for a major overhaul.

The Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act is actually not new, as indicated by this article on May 13, previous year (almost 12 months ago) which suggests the several reforms removes America's air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration and creates a federally chartered, nonprofit corporation.

"Our air traffic control is stuck, painfully, in the past", Trump said, decrying the "ancient, broken, antiquated, frightful system that doesn't work".

"Today we are proposing to take American air travel into the future, finally".

FAA officials say the agency has made progress during the past decade in updating its computers and other equipment. Their lobbying group, the Airlines for America, praised the Trump plan. The bill authorizes that corporation to impose user fees, which would replace the current tax on airline tickets.

The union wants its workforce protected from salary and pension cuts, and the president's plan could run into trouble if air traffic controllers don't like what they see. The airlines have promised that won't happen. Now is the time to unleash the American aviation spirit once again.

As reported by NPR, the United States air traffic controllers union sees the initiative as generally positive, and may prompt a change for a system it sees as inefficient, while calling for more specific details.

"While AOPA is open to proposals aimed at making the air traffic control system more efficient and delivering technology in a timely and cost-effective manner, we have consistently said we will not support policies that impose user fees on general aviation", Baker said.

Monday's announcement is part of a week-long series of proposals to overhaul the country's aging infrastructure as the White House confronts a growing probe into alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.