ATC IS WORK­ING

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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

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