The Washington Post: Revamping the FAA

Published By #ModernSkies

The Washington Post weighed in in 2015 on the serious need for air traffic control reform, saying, “Everyone involved in the aviation industry – from airlines to unions – wants more stability.”

That’s exactly what isn’t present under the current system.

The Washington Post editorial board wrote:

“… [T]here is a growing consensus that the FAA could do as well, or even better, at less cost in both dollars and political hassle. Its budget comes from a pastiche of taxes, user fees and appropriations that are subject to constant interest-group lobbying, partisan feuding and, more recently, the blunt force of sequestration. The FAA got caught up in a partial shutdown when one of its perennial short-term reauthorization bills lapsed in August 2011; in April 2013 the agency had to furlough 10 percent of air-traffic controllers due to sequestration-related funding disruptions.”

All of that contributes to instability. As the editorial noted, the United States’ air safety record is second to none, and an inordinate amount of credit and respect is due to the hard-working men and women in the towers and at the FAA. It’s time, though, to change the status quo that requires controllers to use World War II era technology in a 21st Century world.

We all know that the details of such a tremendous shift are critical but in “theory,” the Post agrees that a new organization separate from the FAA would “get politics out of the funding” and “levy charges on the system’s various users according to presumably more objective, business-like criteria.”

Click here to read the Post editorial in full.