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John Halsinki: Think twice before privatizing air traffic control

We should not allow the private sector to control the security of our critical air traffic control system without fully understanding the risks.


Editorial: Air-traffic scheme raises many questions

Privatizing air traffic control is complex with huge ramifications. It should not rushed or fly under the radar. Congress is supposed to be a deliberative body that operates in public.


Safety at risk without air traffic system reform, Transportation chief says

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao defended President Donald Trump’s plan to remove air-traffic operations from the government Wednesday, saying the system could no longer handle growth and “still maintain safety.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

Spokane airport opposes privatizing air traffic control

Privatization of the nation’s air traffic control system was met Monday with skepticism in many quarters, including Spokane.


White House formally backs plan to transfer air traffic control system to private corporation

The White House on Monday formally endorsed a plan to spin off more than 30,000 federal workers into a private nonprofit corporation, separating the nation’s air traffic controllers and those …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Spokane Airport CEO sees problems with push for private air traffic control

A proposal to turn air traffic control over to the private sector would put Spokane International Airport at risk of reduced staffing and higher fees, airport CEO Larry Krauter said …


Milbank: Congress gives airlines a soft landing

The executives even used their appearance to request that Congress deregulate the industry further, asking for the government to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration.


Plan to privatize 30,000 FAA workers gains momentum, but is it enough?

The move to privatize more than 30,000 Federal Aviation Administration workers who direct airplanes in flight and are responsible for a $35.8 billion modernization program continued to gather momentum this …


Trump calls for privatizing air traffic control operations

President Donald Trump is calling for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control operations in his budget proposal, a top priority of the airline industry.


Eyes on the skies

Dirty shorts and cleats aren’t typical attire when applying for a job. But Michelle Skomars is anything but typical. And the job application was an impulse.


FAA to fund Felts Field

The air traffic control tower at Felts Field will not be closed by budget cuts but will remain open through September, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday. The department …


Getting There: Cuts will likely bring air travel delays

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray last week said summer travel delays are likely at the nation’s airports as a result of congressionally ordered budget cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA …


Felts Field will lose air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration has affirmed a decision earlier this month to close air traffic control operations at Felts Field and other small airports around the country beginning April 7. …


Administration warns of ‘destructive’ budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House report issued Friday warns that $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts at the start of the new year would be “deeply destructive” to the …


Problems dogging new high-tech air traffic system

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-tech overhaul to the nation’s air traffic control system is mostly on track to completion, but has yet to produce the benefits that airlines and passengers …


Close-plane mishap rattled air traffic controllers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air-traffic controllers were rattled after mistakenly flying three planes too close together in the skies near the nation’s capital, a federal report released Wednesday says, describing a …