Reinventing the Wheel--Why a "New Institution for Air Traffic Control" is a Solution in Search of a Problem

The author of this article (Paragraph No. 20,151) writes that the calls for a new, non-profit air traffic control system (ATC) in the U.S. are unnecessary. In his response to a Reason Public Policy Institute proposal to privatize air traffic control, the author argues that air traffic control is the smallest part of the delay problem facing air passengers today, and that the "solution" doesn't fix the real problem. The author notes that the U.S. aviation system is significantly different than the rest of the world. Not only is it the largest (some 50% of the world's flight operations occur in U.S. airspace), but also its capital and development needs are different. Other countries have privatized ATC to gain additional funds. FAA has never lacked for money. NAVCanada, frequently cited as the model, hasn't demonstrated that it is moving air traffic more efficiently, but it has increased costs for general aviation, the author notes. Since 1996, Congress and FAA Administrator Garvey have been working together to implement significant management reform in the FAA, and it makes little sense to abandon carefully and consensually drafted public policy that is now showing positive results, the author concludes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Aviation Law Institute

    DePaul University College of Law, 25 E Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  United States  60604
  • Authors:
    • Boyer, Phil
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Transfer Binder 1: 2001 to 2004
  • Pagination: pp 10231-10235
  • Monograph Title: Issues in Aviation Law and Policy

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01149582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 21 2009 3:10PM