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Debate on Privatizing Air traffic Control Rachets Up After DOT Inspector General Issues Report.

One of the U.S House leadership’s goals for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization is to privatize the nation’s Air Traffic Control system.  http://bit.ly/1QroLOx Although this idea has been kicked around before (see Has The Time Come to Privatize Air Traffic Control?), … Continue reading

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DOT Secretary Says All 149 Contract Towers Can Stay Open Through September 2013

Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, just announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will provide funding for the 149 contract Air Traffic Control Towers that were slated for closure as a result of the sequester will remain open at least through … Continue reading

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New DOT Inspector General Report Adds Fuel to the Already Simmering Air Traffic Control Safety Concerns

While Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta sat in the witness chair on February 27, 2013, sitting on his desk was a new Audit Report from the Office of Inspector General concluding that FAA’s efforts to track and mitigate air … Continue reading

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Closing Air Traffic Control Towers As A Result of the Sequester Just the Latest Chapter of Ongoing Dilemma About Little Used Air Traffic Towers

On February 22, 2013, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta issued a two-page letter stating that in preparation for the budget sequestration the FAA “is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 … Continue reading

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DOT Inspector General To Assess Air Traffic Controller Productivity

At the request of outgoing Chairmen Petri (House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure) and Mica (Subcommittee on Aviation), the Department of Transportation Inspector General announced on January 4, 2013, that it would be undertaking an audit to determine whether FAA’s air … Continue reading

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Has The Time Come to Privatize Air Traffic Control?

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the Honorable Calvin L. Scovel III, the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation presented his Update on the Safety and Cost Aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Contract Tower Program to the U.S. … Continue reading

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GAO Removes FAA Air Traffic Control Modernization Program to Its 2009 “High-Risk” List

The U.S. Government Accountability Office today removed FAA air traffic control modernization program in its biennial update of its list of federal programs, policies, and operations that are at “high risk’ for waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement or in need … Continue reading

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