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Updated Aug. 1, 2017

Legislation is being considered in Congress that would turn over the nation’s air traffic control system to a private board. NBAA is opposed to H.R. 2997 as it will reduce general aviation’s access to our nation’s airspace and airports.

Under the bill, ATC operations, taxing authority, resource allocation and access decisions would be removed from Congressional oversight and given to a private board dominated by airline-related interests. General aviation has fair and equitable access to our airspace and airports, which is not the case in certain countries with privatized ATC systems and we must stand together to prevent future access restrictions.

NBAA members are encouraged to take action by contacting their elected officials in Washington, DC to express opposition to H.R. 2997.

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Point of Impact: Business Aviation Advocates Oppose ATC Privatization – Spokane, WA Speaks Out
Aug. 16, 2017
Spokane Airports Tenants Association President Blake McKinley recently detailed the negative impacts H.R. 2997 – pending legislation that would privatize the ATC system – would have on his city's airports. "I'm quite confident that the airlines view [general aviation] as a nuisance," he said. "Privatization heavily favors the large airports, and will leave lower-tier airports such as Spokane International, smaller general aviation reliever airports like Felts Field and our rural community airports at a huge disadvantage, not only in terms of denial of access, but also possible denial of infrastructure funding." Read more of McKinley's comments.

Podcast: Doctors Among 100 Business Leaders Saying No To ATC Privatization
Aug. 14, 2017
Dr. Ed Schweitzer, president of Pullman, WA-based Schweitzer Engineering Labs, and Dr. Lance Ferguson, a Kentucky-based eye surgeon, have joined the fight against ATC privatization, as two of the more than 100 business leaders who have written to Congress opposing H.R. 2997. “We need to make sure that these [lawmakers] understand that without that ability to fly, these industries are going to wither and die.” Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan to hear more from Schweitzer and Ferguson.

GA Group Leaders, Activists Agree: No August 'Recess' From ATC Privatization Battle
Aug. 9, 2017
With Congress now in its annual August recess through Labor Day, the general aviation (GA) community needs to redouble its grassroots efforts to stop H.R. 2997, under which congressional oversight of the nation’s aviation system would be replaced by an entity governed by a private group. That was the unanimous sentiment shared by GA leaders and activists across the country, during a conference call designed to help regional groups and continue mobilizing their members, colleagues, friends, families and others in opposition to the bill. Read more about grassroots efforts against ATC privatization.

NBAA Thanks Oklahoma Congressman for Public Stand Against ATC Privatization
Aug. 3, 2017
Opposition continues to mount against a House bill, H.R. 2997, to privatize ATC services in the U.S., with Rep. Tom Cole (R-4-OK) the latest lawmaker to echo concerns expressed by NBAA and hundreds of other concerned stakeholders. In a post titled, "If the FAA's Not Broke, Don't Try to Fix It," Cole emphasized the importance of congressional authority over ATC, and cited potential dangers in granting authority over the ATC system to a corporate-like entity. "Not only would this proverbial fox watch the hen house, it would also have the authority to set fees and dictate regulatory policy," he noted. Read more about Cole's comments.

On National Radio Shows, Bolen Says: 'Tell Congress No on ATC Privatization'
July 28, 2017
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has been giving interviews to national radio networks and shows, highlighting the widespread opposition to congressional legislation for privatizing air traffic control. For example, Bolen said on the nationally syndicated The Lars Larson Show, "This is not a situation where it is true privatization. What we’re talking about here is taking an air traffic control monopoly – it is a monopoly and always will be a monopoly – taking this public asset and turning it over to a private board of 13 special interest groups. That is not a conservative principle, and we think it is a very dangerous principle." Read more.

GA Groups Warn: ATC Privatization a Threat to the Future of General Aviation
July 27, 2017
During last week’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh event, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, and leaders of several other general aviation groups, united to remind attendees that legislation to privatize the nation’s ATC system – H.R. 2997 – poses a serious threat to the future of general aviation and AirVenture itself. Bolen noted that the major airlines have tried to take control of the ATC system for decades. “Twenty-five years later, that’s still true, and that’s embodied in this bill, H.R. 2997,” he added. Read more about the rally.

Point of Impact: Head of Prominent Physician Group Urges Rejection of ATC Privatization
July 25, 2017
The head of a physicians group that relies on business aviation to provide medical care in hospitals is urging the rejection of legislation – H.R. 2997 – that would privatize the nation’s ATC system. Dr. Michael W. Gregory, chairman and founder of Apogee Physicians, wrote in a letter to his employees that as someone who flies more than "200 days a year into airports small and large, I can tell you we have the best, safest air traffic system on the planet." Learn more.

Hero Pilot Sullenberger's New Video Argues Against ATC Privatization
July 21, 2017
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is urging people to oppose legislation that would privatize the nation's ATC system in a new, 30-second video. In the ad, the "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot makes clear his reason for opposing ATC privatization: "Lobbyists want to privatize air traffic control, handing control to the largest airlines, giving them the keys to the kingdom," he says. "We can't trust the people who make your airline seats smaller to run ATC. This would allow a corporate monopoly to make decisions that put profits ahead of safety and would devastate rural communities." View the video.

Point of Impact: Business Aviation Voices Oppose ATC Privatization – Utah Joins the Flight
July 19, 2017
Jeff Hansen, president of the Utah Business Aviation Association in Salt Lake City, recently urged his state’s four U.S. House members to oppose the ATC privatization effort. "Our airspace belongs to the public and should be run for the public’s benefit, not a few special interests," Hansen wrote. Under the proposed legislation, he noted, ATC would be controlled by a not-for-profit corporation beyond the reach of Congress. Read more.

GOP Congressmen Join Bipartisan, Diverse Chorus of Opposition to ATC Privatization
July 18, 2017
NBAA last week welcomed the stand taken by five Republican congressmen against a proposal to privatize the nation’s ATC system. They are among a growing, bipartisan chorus of opposition to ATC privatization among elected officeholders at the federal, state and local levels. Read more about the growing bipartisan opposition to ATC privatization.

NBAA Will Continue Rallying Opposition to ATC Privatization at EAA’s AirVenture
July 18, 2017
NBAA will use its presence at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture, in Oshkosh, WI from July 24-30, to rally opposition to legislation that would privatize the ATC system. The association is asking general aviation users to speak out against the proposal by using NBAA’s new toll-free phone number – 1-855-265-9002 – or via the association’s Contact Congress online resource. "I encourage all Oshkosh attendees to and stop by our tent and learn why it’s imperative for everyone to contact their representatives and ask them to vote no on H.R. 2997," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about NBAA’s presence at AirVenture.

House Democrats United Against ATC Privatization
July 14, 2017
Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are asking their colleagues to vote against H.R. 2997. "The bill is a dangerous gamble with aviation safety and the future of the system," the letter states. "During the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure markup of the bill, every Democrat and one Republican opposed the bill. The Democratic leaders of the Committee on Appropriations; Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Committee on Ways and Means also oppose the bill." Read more about the letter to House Democrats.

NBAA Notes Newest Round of Concerns Raised Over ATC Privatization Bill
July 13, 2017
As Congress a bill to privatize the nation’s ATC system, NBAA last week noted that concerns over the legislation continue to be raised, most recently by a top House Democrat and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan scorekeeper on a bill’s cost to taxpayers. Read more about the latest concerns.

Point of Impact: Business Aviation Voices Oppose ATC Privatization – Universal CEO Greg Evans
July 13, 2017
Universal Weather and Aviation Chairman Greg Evans recently invited all Universal –employees – as well as customers, partners and –suppliers – to use NBAA's Contact Congress resource to contact congress in opposition to H.R. 2997, a bill that would strip congressional oversight of the National Airspace System. "We've rallied together before to defeat onerous legislation, and we must do so again," he wrote. . Read more about Evans’ answer to NBAA’s Call to Action against ATC privatization.

Largest-Ever Coalition of GA Groups Tells Congress ‘No’ to ATC Privatization
July 12, 2017
NBAA has joined with more than 100 general aviation organizations in a united front of opposition to H.R. 2997, legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives for privatizing ATC. "While we enjoy the safest most efficient air traffic control system in the world, we also believe that reforms, short of privatization, can better the FAA’s need to improve its ability to modernize our system," the letter continues. Read more about the letter.

Podcast: Bolen Sounds Urgent Call to Action to Stop ATC-Privatization Bill
July 10, 2017
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen is urging association members and other industry stakeholders to contact Congress now and speak out against H.R.2997, which would privatize ATC and minimize general aviation’s access to airspace. "This is a clear and a present danger, and the only way to repel that is for our community to stand up, speak out and get active," Bolen said. Learn how NBAA can help you Contact Congress is this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Point of Impact: Northeastern Business Aviation Voices Speak Out Against ATC Privatization
July 7, 2017
David Belastock, president of the Teterboro Users Group in New Jersey, has contacted congressional legislators, urging them to oppose H.R. 2997, because it seeks to privatize the air traffic control system and reduce his access to airport and airspace. "I urge you to stand up for general aviation, local communities and businesses throughout this country and say no to H.R.2997 and yes to fair and equal access for all stakeholders," wrote Belastock, who also encouraged his group's members to contact their elected officials about this privatization attempt. Read more about Belastock's use of Contact Congress.

Point of Impact: Business Aviation Advocates Oppose ATC Privatization – A Lone-Star State Voice
July 6, 2017
Individuals and groups across the business aviation community are mobilizing against House ATC privatization bill H.R.2997, and urging countless others to do so. Sean Lynch, a board member with the Love Field Pilots Association in Dallas, TX, recently used NBAA's Contact Congress resource to express his concerns about H.R.2997 to his elected representatives. Read more about Lynch’s use of Contact Congress.

Podcast: Mayors Across the Country Oppose ATC Privatization
June 30, 2017
Smaller airports are lifeline of the communities they serve, serving as gateways to the community for businesses and residents. For that reason, Pullman, WA Mayor Glenn Johnson is one of many mayors across the country who oppose ATC privatization. "We don’t have a freeway here, we also don't have a waterway, air transportation is our key to get out," he said. "Under the Federal Aviation Administration everybody does get treated equally, under a privatized system, I don't see that happening. We have reliable service, safe service as it is right now. It's fair to all concerned." Hear what mayors are saying about ATC privatization in this week's NBAA Flight plan.

Point of Impact: Business Aviation Advocates Oppose ATC Privatization – Sheryl Barden
June 29, 2017
When H.R.2997, a proposal for handing control of the public’s aviation system over to a private entity, was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, recently sent an email alert to thousands of clients and other contacts, imploring concerned stakeholders to utilize NBAA’s "Contact Congress" resource to alert lawmakers to the concern. Read what Barden said about H.R.2997.

Media Outlets Note Business Leaders’ Opposition to ATC Privatization Plan
June 21, 2017
More than 100 CEOs, many of whom are also pilots, sent letters to U.S. House and Senate leaders last week stating their unified opposition to turning the nation’s aviation system to a private board, prompting extensive coverage from national, political and aviation-industry news outlets, which extensively covered the CEOs letter. Read NBAA’s roundup of the media coverage.

NBAA Opposes Call for ATC Giveaway in House FAA Bill
June 21, 2017
NBAA stated its opposition to legislation containing a breathtaking giveaway of sweeping authority over the nation’s ATC system to a new entity governed by private interests. Following the introduction of the House FAA bill, NBAA signed on to a position statement issued by the association and five other aviation organizations, opposing ATC privatization. Review the NBAA press release.

NBAA: CNBC Poll Reaffirms Americans' Opposition to Privatizing ATC
June 20, 2017
NBAA welcomed a survey, released by CNBC on June 19, revealing widespread opposition to a proposal – long pushed by the big airlines – for giving oversight of ATC to a new entity, governed by a private board of directors. CNBC’s "All America Economic Survey," conducted by Hart Research Associates, asked 800 respondents about a host of issues related to the economy, government policy priorities and other matters. The results, which the network aired yesterday, showed that 53 percent of survey respondents said privatizing ATC would be a "bad idea," while only 33 percent felt it was a "good idea." Review the NBAA press release.

Business Leaders Who Are Also Pilots Say: Stand Strong Against ATC Privatization
June 20, 2017
NBAA registered its enthusiastic support for a letter from more than 100 American business leaders – nearly all of whom are pilot-CEOs – to U.S. House and Senate leaders, stating their unified opposition to turning the nation’s ATC system over to an entity governed by a private board of directors. "These American business leaders analyze the risks and benefits of potential investment opportunities each day, and in addition, have direct knowledge of our nation’s air traffic system," NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. "Based on their unique perspective, they have all concluded that privatizing our nation’s ATC system and turning it over to a private board represents a risk that we simply cannot take." Review the business leaders’ letter.

A Host of Newspapers Question Impact of ATC Privatization
June 16, 2017
News outlets across the country are questioning President Trump's June 5 call for privatizing the nation's ATC system, with numerous editorial boards voicing opposition to the concept, which would replace congressional oversight of the nation's airports and airspace with a private board dominated by the airlines. The Seattle Times, Midwest City Journal Record and Buffalo News are just a few of the newspapers voicing concerns with ATC privatization. Review more news coverage of the president's ATC privatization plan.

Bolen Argues for ATC Modernization, Not an Airline Give-Away, at Industry Symposium
June 15, 2017
During RTCA’s 2017 Global Aviation Symposium, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reiterated the association’s serious concerns with proposals that would essentially hand over governance of the nation’s ATC system to a private board, noting that the system is a public asset that has always served a variety of stakeholders, and should continue to do so. Learn more about NBAA’s participation in the Global Aviation Symposium.

Media Outlets Cover NBAA's Response to the President's ATC-Privatization Endorsement
June 9, 2017
When President Trump held a June 5 press conference to endorse the creation of a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system, effectively overseen by an airline-centric board of directors, NBAA was quick to take its case in opposition to the concept to a host of national, local and industry trade news outlets. The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, Politico and a host of others covered the association’s stern challenge to the President's endorsement for ATC privatization. Review a roundup of the news outlets covering NBAA's response to the president's ATC privatization plan.

NBAA Calls for Focus on Aviation System Modernization, Not Privatization
June 5, 2017
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said upgrading the nation’s ATC system, not privatization, should be the goal, in response to the Trump administration’s continuing call for privatizing the ATC system, which was included today in a set of transportation-infrastructure spending "principles" advanced by the president. "Unfortunately, the recent discussion about privatization is really about the airlines’ push to gain more control over our air traffic control system, so that they can run it for their own benefit, and is a sideshow to a serious and constructive discussion about building on the progress currently underway on NextGen," Bolen said. Read more of Bolen’s statement against ATC privatization.

Texas Leaders Tell Their Congressional Delegation They Oppose ATC Privatization
May 15, 2017
During a recent visit to Washington, DC, business aviation leaders from Waco, TX and other central Texas communities met with their elected representatives on a variety of issues, including the potential harm that ATC privatization could inflict on the region's aviation and aerospace industries. Waco is home to more than 30 aviation and aerospace businesses, supporting 3,900 direct and indirect jobs. Learn more.

NBAA Encourages Stakeholders Nationwide to Oppose ATC Privatization
May 15, 2017
NBAA staff have been meeting with industry stakeholders to discuss the importance of grassroots participation in the fight against ATC privatization. "A privatized ATC system removed from congressional oversight will ultimately be dominated by the self-interests of the airline industry," NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava said at a recent industry event in Washington state. "The nation's airspace belongs to the public." Kristi Ivey, NBAA's Northwest regional representative, was joined by COO Steve Brown and Christa Lucas, vice president of government affairs at the recent Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, while NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discussed the issue with stakeholders in New York and New Jersey. Read more about NBAA participation in these events.

NBAA: Appropriations Bill Boosts Aviation Investment, Highlights ATC Privatization Concerns
May 5, 2017
NBAA welcomes congressional passage of annual appropriations legislation that increases funding for the FAA and reaffirms concerns over privatization of air traffic control (ATC). "We are also pleased that the language accompanying the bill underscores the concerns over ATC privatization that have long been raised by NBAA and other organizations, as well as by federal and local elected officials, and most voters," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more.

Congressmen Challenge Claims in Pro-ATC Privatization Newspaper Editorials
April 24, 2017
Concerns continue to be raised over a White House proposal for a privatized ATC system. In a joint April 18 letter published in The Washington Post, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-4-OR) and Rick Larsen (D-2-WA) cited "very real concerns" over a privatized ATC network, and discussed these concerns in a recent letter to The Wall Street Journal. In a separate commentary to The Orlando Sentinel, former congressman Alan Grayson emphasized that the government's authority over the ATC system is paramount to other interests. Read more about lawmakers' recent comments against a privatized ATC system.

Business Owner Says ATC Privatization Would Hurt His Company
April 17, 2017
Scott Stevens, president of Glenville, NY-based Dimension Fabricators Inc., uses business aviation whenever practical to help customers quickly and efficiently. He is against privatizing the ATC system, noting that, "There are just some things that industry does well, and things that government does well. I think our current ATC system is incredibly effective [and] remarkably well managed." Learn more in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

At NBAA Regional Forum, Bolen Urges Industry Vigilance and Advocacy
March 24, 2017
As the business aviation community increasingly finds itself once again confronted with a looming battle over proposals for privatizing ATC and funding the system with new user fees, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told attendees at the association's March 23 Regional Forum at Texas' Meacham Airport (FTW), to be vigilant, and ready to mobilize for this priority issue on the industry. The Fort Worth Regional Forum drew more than 1,700 attendees and 148 exhibitors, and featured 27 aircraft on static display. Read more about the NBAA Regional Forum.

NBAA’s Bolen, Lucas Encourage Midwest Industry Stakeholders to Fight ATC Privatization
March 20, 2017
Following President Trump’s March 16 release of a federal budget proposal that appears to endorse privatizing the nation’s aviation system, the issue continues to raise concern, and was top of mind when NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Lucas were in the Midwest last week to talk about how such a proposal would negatively impact the industry, and to encourage stakeholders to rally against such plans. Read more about Bolen and Lucas’ talks to Midwest industry stakeholders.

At U.S. Chamber Event, Bolen Highlights GA's Value, Commitment to 'NextGen'
March 3, 2017
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen on March 2 reminded a gathering of Washington, DC aviation policy leaders of the value general aviation (GA) provides to the nation’s economy and transportation system, and of the industry’s continuing commitment to the development of a NextGen aviation system. Bolen offered his comments in an address before an annual "Aviation Summit," hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We have a long history with innovation and technology, and we play an essential role in communities everywhere," Bolen said, reminding the audience that GA supports more than 1 million jobs, promotes economic development in small towns and rural areas, helps companies be productive and efficient and is key in providing lift to humanitarian flights. Read more about Bolen’s remarks.

Bolen to Highlight Business Aviation's Continued Commitment to NextGen at U.S. Chamber Event
Feb. 27, 2017
The theme for the 16th annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Aviation Summit in Washington, D.C., is "technology, innovation and the future of aviation," and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will use his time at the March 2 forum to highlight the value of business aviation to America's economy and transportation system, and underscore the industry's continuing commitment to continuing the progress being made for ATC modernization. "The focus needs to be on how the U.S. transforms its air transportation system, including the adoption of new technology, to allow everyone to participate," Bolen noted, when discussing aviation system modernization and FAA reauthorization at the chamber's 2015 summit. Read more.

NBAA's Lucas to American Bar Association: ATC Privatization is Not the Answer
Feb. 27, 2017
Last week, NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Lucas told attendees of the American Bar Association's Forum on Air & Space Law Update Conference that "ATC privatization is not the answer" to aviation system challenges. "We do not support legislation that would allow the airlines to tell us where and when we could fly and how much it was going to cost," she said. Read more of Lucas' remarks.

Podcast: NBAA Members – Ask Lawmakers to Join the Congressional GA Caucuses
Feb. 27, 2017
A new congressional session is underway, and with it, efforts will be underway to reform or add new members to the House and Senate Caucuses. That's where NBAA members can help, by using the association's online Contact Congress resource to send a message to their lawmakers asking them to join the caucus, which is critical for educating policy leaders about the importance of general aviation to citizens, companies and communities across America. “The General Aviation Caucus provides the building blocks for educating members of Congress about our industry's concerns and policy priorities,” said NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Dick Doubrava. NBAA members can use the association’s online Contact Congress tool to send an automated letter to their legislator about joining the caucus. Listen to this week›s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the GA Caucus.

Podcast: Majority of Voters Against ATC Privatization, Survey Shows
Feb. 16, 2017
A majority of registered voters are against privatizing the ATC system, according to a new survey conducted for the Alliance for Aviation Across America, the Air Care Alliance and the League of Rural Voters. The survey of 800 registered voters found that 62 percent are against privatization, noted Selena Shilad, executive director of Alliance. "People generally feel that the FAA should be running air traffic control," Shilad said. "That's a public government function, and that should reside within the FAA." Lean more about the survey in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

In Local Group Visits, Bolen Thanks Members for Advocacy Efforts
Jan. 23, 2017
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week thanked business aviation advocates for their efforts to stop federal proposals for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees. However, he noted that the community must remain vigilant because the issue is likely to come up again later this year. "Your involvement has made a difference and will continue to be needed as we move forward with a new administration in Washington," Bolen told members in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. Read more.

Podcast: Battle Over ATC Privatization, User Fees Expected in 2017, Says Bolen
Jan. 9, 2017
A new administration takes over in Washington, DC this month, but NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said business aviation leaders are expecting another push for ATC privatization funded by user fees, and are preparing to once again fight against it. "What really is at stake here is a fundamental question about who's going to control the public's air space," Bolen said. "Is it going to be the public's elected representatives or are we going to turn our air traffic control monopoly over to a private board dominated by airlines who may not have business aviation's best interest at heart?" Other NBAA priorities for 2017 include support of certification reform and a push to move forward with NextGen implementation. Hear more of Bolen's comments in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

Wisconsin Town Hall Highlights Widespread Concern Over Privatized ATC
June 27, 2016
At a June 23 town hall in Racine, WI, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen called on the general aviation community to oppose proposals in Washington, DC for creating a privatized ATC system funded with user fees. "General aviation is an essential industry for Wisconsin, and every state across America," Bolen reminded the crowd of 50 people, which included a representative from the office of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). "Our concern is that, if you let the airlines run the air traffic control system, they'll do so to their benefit, and everyone else's detriment." Read more and watch an NBAA Video Minute from Bolen's remarks at the Wisconsin town hall.

NBAA’s Fornarotto Urges Floridians to Oppose ATC Privatization
June 20, 2016
During an industry panel at the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) annual conference in Sarasota, FL, Christa Fornarotto, NBAA vice president of government affairs, continued to raise serious concerns over congressional proposals to privatize the nation’s ATC system. &ldquo:The airlines have been trying for more than 20 years to privatize the air traffic control system, and we need to stay vigilant,” Fornarotto told the conference. &ldquo:We need to make our voices heard and let federal legislators know the effects privatization will have on general aviation.” Read more about Fornarotto’s comments.

Aviation Leaders' Panel Again Highlights Concerns Over ATC Privatization
June 10, 2016
At a June 9 policy discussion among aviation leaders in Washington, DC, NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown was among several aviation leaders who reiterated concern over proposals for creating a privatized ATC system, funded by new user fees. "When you look at other ATC systems around the world, including privatized systems, you quickly come to understand that we have a far different, more complex system than other countries do," Brown said. "It's a system that equitably serves the greatest number and diversity of stakeholders, and we don't want to jeopardize that." Learn more about the panel.

Bolen’s Policy Forum Comments Again Call for Smart, Targeted FAA Bill
June 3, 2016
In comments made during a major aviation policy panel discussion held June 2 in Washington, DC, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen restated the business aviation community's support for modernizing the National Airspace System and seeking "targeted solutions" to aviation system challenges, which is the approach taken by Senate legislation for reauthorizing the FAA. "We in business aviation strongly support aviation system modernization, and we want to see that priority reflected in an FAA reauthorization bill," Bolen said. Learn more about the policy forum.

Regional Session Highlights Importance of Local Efforts in ATC Privatization Debate
May 23, 2016
With proposals for privatization of air traffic control (ATC) still being pushed as part of the FAA reauthorization debate in Washington, DC, it is imperative that regional business aviation groups continue reaching out to their congressional representatives, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said at the fourth annual NBAA Local and Regional Group Leadership Roundtable, held last week in Boston, MA. "Keep doing what you've been doing: tell your elected officials why communities, companies and citizens across the country would be adversely impacted by ATC privatization, which would hand control of the system over to an airline-centric board of directors," Bolen said at the event, which was attended by more than 32 business aviation group leaders from across the country. Read more about the roundtable.

Bolen: Host of Voices Continue Raising Significant ATC-Privatization Concerns
May 16, 2016
During an industry panel on the future of America's ATC system held last week in Washington, DC, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that in the course of the ongoing debate over reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a number and variety of voices continue raising concerns over proposals for privatization of America's Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. "Over the course of the past year, there have been concerns raised by general aviation groups, consumer groups, labor groups, conservative groups and liberal groups," noted Bolen. "So how do we keep a system that serves the public interest?" View a video of the panel discussion, and read more about Bolen's remarks.

Bolen Calls for Continued Vigilance on FAA Reauthorization
April 26, 2016
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently visited Scottsdale, AZ, and Wichita, KS, to encourage the business aviation community's continued advocacy on important issues, especially FAA reauthorization, emphasizing the need for everyone to remain proactively involved until the final legislation is passed. "FAA reauthorization legislation recently reached a milestone, with the Senate rejecting privatization of ATC," said Bolen. "NBAA believes turning ATC over to a private organization would be a dangerous and risky path." Read more about Bolen's encouragement of advocacy efforts.

Senate Debates FAA Reauthorization Bill
April 11, 2016
The Senate has undertaken debate on its version of a bill to reauthorize programs and funding for the FAA. Currently, the bill avoids any mention of creating a privatized ATC system, and funding it with new user fees. "The Senate reauthorization bill continues to represent a smart, targeted approach to funding the FAA's efforts to modernize what is already the world's safest ATC system, and includes several provisions that would be of tremendous benefit to business aviation," noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more about the Senate's FAA reauthorization bill.

Local Aviation Groups Answer NBAA’s Call to Support Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill
April 4, 2016
Local and regional aviation groups have answered NBAA’s Call to Action in support the Senate’s version of FAA reauthorization legislation, which does not include provisions for a privatized ATC system, and that support is making a difference. “We support the Senate version of the FAA reauthorization bill,” said Jeff Smith, vice president for operations at the Eastern Regional Helicopter Council. “I can easily imagine that if we didn’t own the airspace through the FAA, and had to go hat-in-hand to the managers of a privately run ATC system, helicopter operations in the Northeast wouldn’t be taken into consideration at all.” Read more about groups that have answered the Call to Action and listen to an NBAA Flight Plan podcast, sponsored by jet Quest, about the issue.

Contact Congress Tool Gets NBAA Members' Voices Heard in FAA Reauthorization
March 28, 2016
With the full Senate expected to vote on its version of the FAA reauthorization bill in early April, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said now is the time for NBAA members to contact senators in the support of the legislation. "We have an opportunity to let all of the senators know before they vote on the legislation that this is a good bill and it deserves to be passed," he said. NBAA's Contact Congress tool is an easy and effective way to contact the Senate, he added, and since NBAA issued it's first call to action – asking members to oppose the House version of the bill – "we have seen a response from our members that has been off the charts."
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NBAA's Bolen and Fornarotto Thank Michigan Operators for Advocacy Efforts
March 17, 2016
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and NBAA Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Fornarotto visited Lansing, MI last week to encourage the local business aviation community to continue its advocacy efforts on important industry issues, including FAA reauthorization. "It was important to share our industry's values, and explain to company government relations representatives how current issues threaten business aviation," said Bolen. Learn more.

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast: Let Congress Know ATC Privatization Would be a Mistake
March 14, 2016
The Alliance for Aviation Across America has posted a petition on change.org asking for support in the fight against ATC privatization. “It is basically telling people join us in sending a message to Congress that we do not want to privatize our air traffic control system,” Executive Director Selena Shilad said. Listen to this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, and learn how to join the fight against ATC privatization.

NBAA Flight Plan Podcast: The Battle Against Privatized ATC Continues: Get Involved
Feb. 29, 2016
Although U.S. House and Senate leaders will consider a short-term extension for FAA funding authority beyond the existing March 31 deadline, the reality is that the industry must remain vigilant against FAA reauthorization proposals for privatizing air traffic control, as contained in H.R. 4441. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said there's still a critical need for industry stakeholders to let their representatives know that such a scenario would hurt business aviation. "The House is still working to find a path to the floor for H.R. 4441, and the Senate is expected to introduce its own FAA reauthorization measure soon," noted Bolen. In this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast, Bolen explains how people can take action today.

Alabama Group Asks Congressional Delegation to Oppose ATC Privatization
Feb. 29, 2016
Members of the Alabama Business Aviation Association (ABAA) last week flew to Washington, DC, for face-to-face meetings with Alabama's congressional representatives and staff to voice their concerns with H.R. 4441, a bill to reauthorize the FAA, which proposes the creation of a privatized ATC system. "It was an educational experience participating in the congressional process," said ABAA board member Ryan Waguespack. "ABAA was received favorably, as were our concerns regarding the potential negative impact on general aviation if ATC privatization is allowed." Read more about ABAA's visit with representatives.

Louisiana Airport Group Voices Opposition to Privatized ATC
Feb. 22, 2016
Demonstrating the breadth of opposition to a proposal to privatize ATC, the Louisiana Airport Managers and Associates (LAMA) recently approved a resolution opposing the replacement of congressional oversight of the nation's ATC network in favor of a private entity, as outlined in pending legislation (H.R. 4441) to reauthorize funding for the FAA. "LAMA is of the firm belief that oversight and regulation of air traffic control will be best accomplished by reauthorizing the [FAA], and more specifically, by maintaining FAA and congressional oversight," the resolution stated.Read more about the LAMA proclamation.

More Regional Groups Express Opposition to Privatized ATC
Feb. 22, 2016
Responding to NBAA's Call to Action, an increasing number of regional aviation groups are publicly expressing their opposition to pending legislation that would transfer control of the ATC system to a private entity outside of congressional oversight. The Call to Action, from NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, came on the heels of the introduction of House ATC-privatization legislation, H.R. 4441. "NBAA members and regional groups in our area answered the call to action in exemplary fashion," added Southeast Regional Representative Greg Voos. Read more about regional groups responding to NBAA's Call to Action.

FAA Reauthorization Battle Intensifies
Feb. 15, 2016
Business Aviation Supporters Nationwide Express Opposition to Privatized ATC Funded By User Fees Acting on a Feb. 8 "Call to Action" by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, numerous business aviation groups around the country are asking their members to contact lawmakers about opposing a plan to privatize ATC and fund it with user fees, which is being proposed as part of the FAA reauthorization bill (HR 4441). Groups as diverse as the New Mexico Municipal League, the Teterboro (NJ) Users Group, the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and regional business aviation groups from coast to coast are asking their members for support. NBAA’s online Contact Congress tool makes it easy to send personalized emails and tweets to federal representatives. Read more about support for NBAA’s Call to Action/

FAA Reauthorization Battle Intensifies
Feb. 1, 2016
The most significant change in U.S. aviation history is being proposed – a privatized ATC system funded by user fees – and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen urges members to act now and make their voices heard. "We have seen privatized systems in other parts of the world that have restricted access, that have given priority to commercial operations over non-commercial operations, that have effectively eroded small-town access to major finance centers," Bolen said, adding that such a system in this country, "has the potential to be devastating for business aviation." Bolen again urged stakeholders to use NBAA's Contact Congress online resource and ask lawmakers to oppose any proposal for privatization. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan for more on the threat of ATC privatization.

Editorial: ATC Privatization Poses Risks to Smaller Communities
Jan. 21, 2016
Business aviation advocates across the country are reaching out to the media to expose the threat that proposed ATC privatization poses to the industry. One such letter, written by Colorado businessman Iver Retrum, refutes a pro-ATC privatization editorial that he noted "unfortunately painted a rosy picture of privatization based on foreign models that would be far from reality for small businesses, consumers and communities across our state." In addition to engaging with local media, concerned industry stakeholders may utilize numerous NBAA resources to voice their concerns with their congressmen and senators, such as Contact Congress, NBAA's quick, convenient online advocacy tool. Learn more about the threat of proposed ATC privatization.

Bolen’s Year-Opening Message: Engage Congress on FAA Reauthorization
Jan. 18, 2016
"A critical moment in the battle against a privatized ATC system funded by user fees is upon us." That was the message NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recently delivered in separate presentations to NBAA’s Leadership Council, more than 200 members of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association, and also to a meeting of 45 local and regional business aviation group leaders. As a March 31 deadline for FAA reauthorization approaches, Bolen encouraged all business aviation stakeholders to ask their federal legislators to oppose ATC privatization funded by user fees. "Don’t wait," Bolen said. "It’s better to get a dialog started now so we have established relationships" with members of Congress prior to the vote. Read more about Bolen's message to local leaders.

NBAA Members Meet with Lawmakers to Voice Concerns on ATC Reform
Jan. 13, 2016
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS) last week hosted NBAA member companies from Kansas and elsewhere to discuss the industry concerns about proposed legislation to privatize the ATC system and fund it with user fees. Proposals for doing that have been put forward as part of the debate underway in Washington over reauthorization of the FAA. "The current proposals to privatize our nation's air traffic control system represent the most significant threat to the future of general aviation I have seen in over four decades in the industry," said Russ Meyer, chairman emeritus with Cessna Aircraft Company. "At the invitation of Rep. Pompeo, nearly two dozen leaders from the Kansas aviation community flew to Washington, D.C. to underscore our grave concerns." Read more about the meeting between members and legislators.

NBAA Counters Pro-ATC Privatization Op-Ed with Facts
Jan. 8, 2016
As it has with every previous proposal for creating a privatized ATC system funded by user fees, NBAA actively opposes current such proposals, which have recently been put forward as part of the debate over FAA reauthorization. In a Jan. 7 Miami Herald submission, authored by NBAA COO Steve Brown, which pointed out the flaws in an earlier op-ed lauding the UK’s privatized system as a model for the U.S. to emulate. "Even under the rosiest case scenario, the lessons of the UK’s system can’t, and shouldn’t, be applied broadly to the U.S.," said Brown, a former FAA deputy administrator, who highlighted several troubling aspects of the UK system. Read more of NBAA's latest response to calls for ATC privatization.

Battle on ATC Privatization Funded By User Fees Looms on Capitol Hill
Jan. 4, 2016
The new year is already shaping up to be an important one for the business aviation industry. Lawmakers have a March 31 deadline to reauthorize the FAA and proposals for creating a privatized ATC funded through user fees remain front and center. "The whole idea of privatization is a major concern, but it has a lot of momentum right now," noted NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "It's something that our community is going to need to really step forward and express our views on. We have shown that when our community gets active, gets engaged, gets mobilized we can reach our elected officials, and we can shape and influence the public debate." Learn more about the upcoming fight against ATC privatization in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

FAA Reauthorization News Archives

Nov. 30, 2015
New Mexico Group Asks Lawmakers to Oppose ATC Privatization
Nov. 9, 2015
Grassroots Meeting Underscores Industry's Concern Over Privatized ATC Funded By User Fees
Nov. 9, 2015
Flight Plan Podcast: Local Efforts Needed to Support Business Aviation in FAA Reauthorization Battle
Nov. 6, 2015
President's Perspective: A Snapshot of Business Aviation at Year's End
Sept. 28, 2015
Industry Says 'No' to Privatized ATC System Funded by User Fees
Sept. 21, 2015
Bolen Updates Cincinnati-Area Aviators on FAA Reauthorization
Aug. 3, 2015
Summer Offers Advocacy Opportunities for Opposing ATC Privatization Funded By User Fees
July 13, 2015
NBAA Flight Plan Podcast: Regional, Local Business Aviation Groups Answer NBAA's 'Call to Action'
July 10, 2015
Bolen Reiterates NBAA Opposition to Privatized ATC System at Major Washington Event
July 6, 2015
House Postpones Introduction of FAA Reauthorization Bill
July 6, 2015
NBAA Call to Action Prompts Strong Industry Response to ATC Privatization, User Fees
June 24, 2015
Bolen Again Warns: ‘Harmful’ House FAA Bill Likely Coming
June 22, 2015
Bolen: Rep. Shuster's Remarks Foreshadow ‘Troubling’ House FAA Billg
June 18, 2015
At NATA Event, Bolen Outlines Concerns With Congressman's FAA Proposals
February 15, 2012
President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization Bill into Law
February 6, 2012
NBAA Hails Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization
February 3, 2012
NBAA Welcomes House Passage of FAA Reauthorization
October 9, 2011
Sen. Begich Speaks Out Against User Fees
September 23, 2011
Industry United in Thwarting Latest User Fee Threat
July 25, 2011
FAA Shutdown Not Disrupting Business Aviation
May 9, 2011
Babbitt Discusses Need For Final FAA Reauthorization Bill
April 4, 2011
House Approves FAA Reauthorization Bill
March 28, 2011
Aviation Coalition Renews Call for FAA Reauthorization Passage
February 9, 2011
NBAA Tells House Subcommittee: FAA Reauthorization Vital to Jobs, Economic Growth
January 31, 2011
House, Senate Leaders Say FAA Reauthorization A Top Priority
January 21, 2011
NBAA Welcomes Congressional Letter to White House Urging 'No User Fees'
July 30, 2010
Congress Extends FAA Authorization, Adds Safety Provisions
May 10, 2010
Industry Letter: NextGen Planning Should Include [All] Stakeholders
May 3, 2010
Congress Approves FAA Extension Through July 3
May 3, 2010
General Aviation is Committed to Safety, System Modernization, and Expanded Capacity
April 8, 2010
Business Aviation Active in 'NextGen' Dialogue at Key Washington Conference
September 20, 2009
NBAA and Others Tell Congress: NextGen Will Grow Jobs
February 9, 2009
Industry Groups Support Tranisition to Next Generation ATC System