The National Air Traffic Controllers Association supports efforts to provide the U.S. air traffic control system with a stable, predictable funding stream. NATCA will not take a position on any reform proposal until we have reviewed the specific legislative details [“One smart plan on infrastructure,” editorial, June 6].
NATCA previously supported House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s (R-Pa.) Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act of 2016. We will review any new bill to determine whether it satisfies our core principles: protecting the rights and benefits of the air traffic control workforce; ensuring that safety and efficiency remain top priorities; providing a stable, predictable funding stream for air traffic control services, controller staffing, hiring and training and long-term modernization; and maintaining service to all segments of our diverse aviation community.
The U.S. National Airspace System is the safest, most efficient, most complex and most diverse in the world. But the status quo is unacceptable. NATCA would consider supporting any proposal that meets our core principles and doesn’t involve a for-profit model. We will fight to protect the system and the men and women who safeguard it.
Paul Rinaldi, Washington
The writer is president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.