ATC IS WORKING
The August article about ATC privatization was on the mark. I would like to add a few comments. The ATC system is working. What the
system needs are more runways and more experienced controllers. This would
solve many problems with air travel today, keeping in mind poor weather will always cause delays. Controllers would be less stressed, and with better compensation it would attract more high-quality personnel. (Sadly, building a new airport is perhaps tougher than building a nuclear power plant.)
And user fees are bogus. Everyone benefits from commercial and private aviation, not just users of the system. Thus, all of us should “chip in” as we are doing now.
The FAA is mismanaged, for sure, so perhaps a joint public-private partnership, with the private side tackling the procurement, personnel and modernization projects, would do the trick. Reduce the bureaucracy!
Letting the airlines take over and implement their special interests would be a recipe for disaster. Should buses and trucking take over the road system?
Very truly yours, A concerned private pilot of 40 years