The Paris Airshow is the most important event of the year that finds itself at the 52nd edition. It dedicates seven days to the world of aviation. This edition had its two stars, Boeing and Airbus, in the center of attention as usual. However, there were other new topics opened that are ardent for the year of 2017. One of them is enabling the air traffic control privatization.
The Air Traffic Control Privatization Is One Congressional Vote Away
On Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao claimed that this long-awaited transition is going to take place slowly yet under safest conditions for all passengers. Chao was the official representative who was invited to the Paris Airshow to open the U.S. Pavillion. During her visit, she also mentioned the continuous efforts to support trading collaboration between the United States and France. This year, there were 387 companies from U.S. that registered their projects for exhibition.
One of the most sensitive topics that Chao debated during this event was the future of the U.S. air traffic control. According to her, there is going to be a transition of such responsibilities to a third non-profit party. This privatization process would not, however, affect the safety of this industry. On the contrary, the reason why authorities planned for this mobilization is to secure all passengers an improved flying experience.
“We want to do this in a deliberative and thoughtful way.”
U.S. Officials Visited Canadian Air Control Systems for Inspiration
The whole project is now waiting for the vote of the U.S. Congress. Once this proposal receives the needed approval, authorities will be ready to start works. They have three years at their disposal to ensure a successful air traffic control privatization. However, if this timeframe is not enough, they can still request a prolonged deadline.
This project together with infrastructure investments represents top priorities for Trump administration. An adviser to Chao, Michael Britt, claimed that 30 U.S. lawmakers visited the Canadian air traffic control providers. This visit might give away the fact that they are taking the Canadian system as a model for their plans.
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