FROM THE CAF PRESIDENT
Dear CAF Members and Supporters;
I ask you to contact your elected representative in the House to voice your opposition to “H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act.”
This legislation would privatize the U.S. air traffic control system (ATC) which would be governed by a board of appointees, not the FAA. Unfortunately, the balance of this board weighs heavily in favor of the airlines, who strongly support this bill.
As you may have read earlier this month, we joined our colleagues in the business and sport aviation community to vigorously oppose this bill. Click here to read more. We urge you to contact your representative today and let them know that you oppose this bill. Below are some talking points we urge you to use when communicating with your representative.
To find your local representative visit: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ There is a link to directly email your representative.
- It is best to address your representative as “The Honorable” or “Representative”
- The United States National Airspace system is the world’s best, safest system. This system has evolved over years of balancing the needs of all the users of the airspace system, including airlines, business aviation and General Aviation.
- “H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act” would privatize the airspace system and put control in a board of appointees, heavily weighted toward the airlines.
- While many countries have private air traffic control systems, none are as efficient at handling air traffic as the current system. These private systems also favor airlines over the other users of the system and make it difficult or nearly impossible for non-airline aviation to exist.
- We do not feel this system would do anything to enhance safety or efficiency and would lead to a reduction in services and support for non-airline aviation.
- The National Airspace belongs to all citizens and the rights of special interests should not outweigh the public good.
- We urge you and your colleagues to seek a reasoned, equitable answer to supporting and enhancing the world’s best and safest air traffic control system in the world.
Stephan C. Brown
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