Report calls for air traffic control reform ahead of FAA reauthorization

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One of the chief arguments behind the spin-off plan is that air traffic control operations, which are subject to the annual appropriations process, face constant political and funding uncertainty. Eno points out that “many other developed countries have already departed from this model.”

“Only an entity outside the direct control of government will have the necessary independence to implement modern technologies at the pace needed to meet demand,” said Rui Neiva, the report’s co-author.

The report found that the government has struggled with modernization efforts, including establishing a precise satellite-based surveillance system and implementing digital data communications for air traffic controllers and pilots.

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