Privatization Would Grow The Budget Deficit By $100 Billion

A newly-revised estimate issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the budgetary impact of privatization of air traffic control (ATC) is not pretty, and adds to the already numerous and significant reasons to oppose H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. The August 15 CBO report shows that the [...]

General and Business Aviation Coalition Mobilizes Against Privatizing ATC

As we’ve discussed here and in the newsletter (see link below), the Trump administration fully supports privatizing the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the US.  ATC is currently managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the authority granted to it by Congress, but that responsibility would be transferred, along with all its personnel, [...]

The Case for Privatizing Air Traffic Control

In a guest editorial in the March issue of AOPA Pilot, the monthly publication of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) laid out his case for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). Rep. Shuster, the Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and one of the main [...]

Trump Favors Privatizing U.S. Air Traffic Control

President Donald Trump, in budget documents released on March 16, indicated that he supports privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system (ATC). ATC is currently managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and he proposes to shift that responsibility to an independent group governed by a 13-person board of directors comprised of stakeholders representing all [...]

Santa Monica – Done Deal. Or Is It?

As we told you last time (Feb 8), the FAA and the City of Santa Monica announced on January 28 they had reached a compromise agreement on what is to happen with Santa Monica Airport (KSMO). As approved in U.S. District Court on February 3, the deal elicited widespread criticism from both pro- and anti-airport [...]

FAA Caves in to Santa Monica

In what can only be described as a stunning reversal of their position, and a seeming betrayal of airport operators and proponents, the Federal Aviation Administration last week reached an agreement with Santa Monica allowing the city to close the airport on December 31, 2028. In addition, the runway will be reduced to 3,500 feet [...]

Public-Private Partnerships Make Things Happen

Public-Private Partnerships Make Things Happen

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are exactly what they sound like – collaborative agreements between public entities and private companies. The joint objective of a P3 is to distribute the cost of a project among numerous stakeholders who all stand to reap the eventual benefits of the project. We previously discussed P3s in the context of their [...]

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

New Life for Braden Airpark (N43) in Easton, PA

  In  May 2014 we first reported on the critical financial situation challenging the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and its potential implications for Braden Airpark. At that time, the Authority was facing the final $7 million payment on a $26 million debt stemming from a 1990s court judgement for the improper eminent domain annexation of a [...]

Sustainability in Aviation, Part II

In this installment we’ll look at the practices that comprise sustainable operations, whether in aviation or other sectors. The mechanism of determining the practices that constitute sustainability, assessing ratings, and issuing recognition of sustainability in all types of building projects is through the auspices of the LEED program, which is the Leadership in Energy and [...]