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Transportation Inspector General: FAA Not Prepared for Major Airspace Disruptions

If you needed another reason to support dramatic air traffic control reform, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT IG) last week released a report finding that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has failed to implement effective operational contingency plans in the wake of the 2014 Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center fire. That incident prevented the Chicago Center from handling air traffic for two weeks, leading to thousands of delayed or canceled flights into and out of O’Hare and Midway airports, and costing airlines and other aviation stakeholders more than $350 million.

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Outlet: Competitive Enterprise Institute
Author: Marc Scribner
Type: Online
Date: Jan. 18, 2017
Title: Transportation Inspector General: FAA Not Prepared for Major Airspace Disruptions
Link: https://cei.org/blog/transportation-inspector-general-faa-not-prepared-major-airspace-disruptions

DOT Watchdog: FAA Not Yet Prepared for Mass ATC Outage

Despite efforts to improve emergency contingency procedures, the Department of Transportation Inspector General contends the FAA is still not completely prepared to handle events that could cause major outages, such as the fire that was deliberately set in the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in September 2014. The DOT IG stated that belief in a study the watchdog conducted at the behest of Congress on whether the FAA can manage air traffic control crises that arise within the National Airspace System.

In the new report, the DOT IG found that the “FAA has taken steps to improve the effectiveness of its operational contingency plans; however, significant work remains to mitigate the impact of air traffic control disruptions.” After the Chicago fire, the FAA updated its contingency plan with the goal of achieving 90 percent capacity at the top 30 airports within 24 hours of a major disruption, the DOT IG noted. “However, the FAA’s air traffic facilities are not yet fully prepared to respond effectively to major system disruptions, in part because of a lack of necessary controller training for these types of emergency events.”

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Outlet: AIN Online
Author: Kerry Lynch
Type: Online
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
Title: DOT Watchdog: FAA Not Yet Prepared for Mass ATC Outage
Link: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2017-01-16/dot-watchdog-faa-not-yet-prepared-mass-atc-outage

Rebuild U.S. infrastructure using economic reforms

While America’s postal services are antiquated, its air traffic control system is downright scary with its outdated technology. U.S. air traffic control does not use GPS. Flights are tracked via a patchwork of ground-based radar stations. Most planes are guided to their destinations in a series of zig-zags, flying from one control point to the next, wasting time and fuel.

The system desperately needs modernizing. Step one is to remove air traffic control from Federal Aviation Administration control and instead create an independent body dedicated to upgrading operations. Nav Canada, a nonprofit corporation created in 1996, offers a successful model.

The next step is to end air traffic control’s dependence on congressional appropriations and instead pay for it via user fees. Aviation customers, including large commercial airlines, would then pay directly for the services they require. This is the commercialization of air traffic control (again, not privatization). More than 50 countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, have adopted this approach.

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Outlet: The Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star
Author: Rick Geddes
Type: Online
Date: Jan. 8, 2017
Title: Rebuild U.S. infrastructure using economic reforms
Link: http://www.fredericksburg.com/opinion/columns/column-rebuild-u-s-infrastructure-using-economic-reforms/article_2092cefb-cc2a-5b09-b571-d3f666b2ff53.html

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