US likely to shift air traffic control to a nonprofit commercial entity

7 June 2015 (Last Updated June 7th, 2015 18:30)

The US government is reportedly considering a new proposal that might soon see the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forego its power of operating the US air traffic control (ATC).

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The US government is reportedly considering a new proposal that might soon see the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forego its power of operating the US air traffic control (ATC).

If implemented, the ATC will experience an overhaul to make it resemble its Canadian counterpart, called NAV Canada, Reuters reported.

US airline trade group Airlines for America head Nick Calio said the changes could be implemented soon as the Canadian system is considered to be one of the best-operated systems.

The FAA's authorisation might be given a temporary extension as it would require some time to implement the changes, Calio added.

The US government's consideration of overhauling the system is a part of its effort to reauthorise the agency that will be voted for in Congress by 30 September.

The reauthorisation might result in a move of power of operation from FAA to a nonprofit commercial entity, similar to Canada's operation system.

There have also been proposals to authorise some other government agency to operate the country's air traffic control.

The changes, that are said to be far behind schedule, will also help replace the 1950s technology that are currently in use and will help enhance airline operations.

Without specifying if the proposal had received sufficient votes, Calio said the change would require a massive education effort.

"If there needs to be a delay or an extension in order to get transformational change accomplished, that's a far different situation than people arguing over funding, slots and other things."


Image: The air traffic control tower at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Photo: courtesy of Dhaluza.