As part of Infrastructure Week (the official look over here, not at Comey!) the Russian Usurper has released his plan to privatize the FAA (fair warning: PDF).
The U.S. Air Traffic Control (ATC) system is one of the most important and vibrant elements of our Nation’s infrastructure. Every day, the dedicated men and women of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safely and efficiently guide thousands of aircraft to and from their destinations, collectively carrying millions of passengers and tons of cargo. Yet, the FAA’s ATC operations are currently mired within a Federal bureaucracy that hinders innovative operations and the timely introduction of new technology. In order to modernize our ATC system, the Administration supports moving the FAA’s ATC organization into a new non- governmental entity. This will enable ATC to keep pace with the accelerating rate of change in the aviation industry, including the integration of new entrants such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Commercial Space Transports. A more nimble ATC entity will be able to more quickly and securely implement Next Generation (NextGen) technology, which will reduce aircraft delays and expand the availability of the National Airspace System (NAS) for all users.
Because Jeff Bezos’ fleet of drones delivering packages is more important than air safety? Sure. That’s what we really need is more mid-air collisions to add excitement to air travel. Bet me that this will be paired with reform so that passengers cannot sue carriers, or at least cannot win big damages.
ATC reform presents an exciting infrastructure improvement opportunity, and its completion will demonstrate early progress toward much needed infrastructure reform across all sectors. The Administration’s principles for reforming ATC will drive legislation that will reduce delays, further improve aviation’s leading safety record, protect access to rural communities, and accelerate much needed capital investment. These principles insulate one of our most important national assets from political interferences and the crippling effects of budget uncertainty, while keeping intact FAA’s critical safety oversight. Additionally, they preserve essential working relationships and interoperable capabilities with the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and law enforcement agencies that are critical to ensuring the safety and security of the Nation.
And imagine what will happen: the CEOs of America will be able to land while you have to circle Burbank for hours.
Remember when Chimpy wanted to sell the ports, and it suddenly became a national security issue? Next up: Saudi International Airport, Los Angeles.