President Trump’s war on the Administrative State continues. He is peeling back thousands of bad regulations put in place by President Obama. Not only that, he is making it much harder for bureaucrats to create new regulations. President Trump is just getting started, though. He’s not going after just the little regulations. He is taking on one of the biggest government programs we have, controlling our nation’s air traffic control system. This massive bureaucracy controls the thousand of flights that cross our nation every day, and President Trump thinks it is time for the government to get out of this business.
Trump wants to turn the air traffic control system into a modernized non-profit organization that operates on fees paid by airlines and others that use U.S. airspace, instead of taxes.
“We are prepared to enter a great new era in American aviation,” Trump said, in announcing the plan at the White House. “It’s time to join the future and make flights quicker, safer, more reliable.”
Trump argues the changes are necessary because the existing system has been unable to keep pace with the fast-changing aviation industry that now includes commercial space flights and unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones.
President Trump is continuing the legacy of President Ronald Reagan who fired the government employee air traffic controllers because they went on strike. The FAA and air traffic controllers are way behind the rest of the world when it comes to innovation.
Much to the consternation of Democrats, the union representing air traffic controllers endorsed the measure:
U.S. airlines have been campaigning for decades to separate air traffic control operations from the FAA and have also argued that FAA efforts to modernize the air traffic system is taking too long and has produced too few benefits.
Such efforts gained momentum when the union that represents air traffic controllers agreed to support Shuster’s plan, in exchange for guarantees that controllers would retain their benefits, salaries and union representation.
President Trump pledged improvements in infrastructure and this is part of his plan. He knows the private sector is where innovation happens.
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