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Point of Impact: Business Aviation Advocates Oppose ATC Privatization – Sheryl Barden

June 29, 2017

When 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 implored concerned stakeholders to utilize NBAA’s “Contact Congress” resource to oppose handing control of the nation’s airspace over to a private entity.

Our Airspace is public, not private. - Sheryl Barden; President and CEO
  Aviation Personnel International; Representative, NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council

“H.R.2997 proposes to strip control of aviation-system oversight from the public's elected representatives, and essentially hand control of the system over to a group of private parties, largely unaccountable to Congress," Barden wrote in an email she sent to thousands of clients and other contacts.

"We want everyone who cares about the future of business aviation in the United States to contact their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate and let them know we oppose a privatized ATC system.”

Barden, who has also been active on the issue as a member of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council, further encouraged citizens to phone their elected officials, and take to social media with a clear message against ATC privatization: “Our airspace is public, not private.”

To add your voice to the opposition, use NBAA’s Contact Congress resource.