Chamber: Tighten Aviation Control System April 16th, 2007
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently called on Congress to transform and strengthen the nation’s aviation control system, which includes specific modernization initiatives and the funding needed to support them, as well as time frames for the FAA and other aviation stakeholders.
“The nation’s economy demands a safe, secure, and efficient aviation system,” said Janet Kavinoky, director of transportation infrastructure at the chamber. “The FAA proposal is a starting point for discussion on how to accelerate the modernization of America’s air traffic control system.”
More than 1 in 5 commercial flights on major airlines last year were delayed due, in part, to an overburdened and outdated aviation system, the chamber asserts.
Although aviation stakeholders are divided on how to finance a next generation aviation system, they agree that the Airport and Airway Trust Fund should be better managed, that dedicated aviation funds should be used only for authorized aviation purposes, and that the federal review and approval processes for new projects should be streamlined, according to the chamber.
“We need to create a vision of a 21st century aviation system and define our needs before we begin the debate over how to pay for it,” Kavinoky added.
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