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Agreeing firmly with the sentiments of most Americans, Helicopter Association International (HAI) continues to stand against privatization of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system.
“HAI adds our voice to those of five other major general aviation (GA) associations in opposing the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act,” said Matthew Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI.
“We cosigned a letter that outlines our belief that this legislation will do nothing to increase the efficiency and safety of a system that is already the world’s best ATC program. The proponents of privatization point to delays in implementing NextGen technology as their rationale for making the change,” he added. “In that case, why not just privatize that initiative and leave air traffic control where it belongs — with the professionals of the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration]. I’ve said it before, many times: what is the problem they are trying to fix?”