There are reasons why many foreign airlines send new aviation students to the United States for their training. In most cases, flight schools are considerably cheaper for students to afford rather than having to pay sometimes double for their training. Aside from the fact that America is perhaps the founder of aviation itself, America has the largest population of general aviation pilots in the world. Notably, general aviation pilots, airline pilots, controllers, and many other aviation-related workers use the government implemented Federal Aviation Administration for things like weather observation, air traffic control, licensing of aircraft, and much more. Most recently, the 45th President, Donald J. Trump has been pushing new legislation to privatize air traffic control, effectively handing ATC over to a private non-profit organization that will oversee ATC operations. Stating “If we adopt these changes, Americans can look forward to cheaper, faster and safer travel – a future where 20% of a ticket price doesn’t go to the government, and where you don’t have to sit on a tarmac or circle for hours and hours over an airport – which is very dangerous also – before you land.” (Martin 1) Despite the promises of reducing airline delays, the movement to NextGen technology, and the apparent idea that privatization will benefit all within the aviation industry. The privatization of air traffic control will not only diminish the general aviation community but will have disastrous effects on numerous aspects of our modern system.
Air Traffic Control is seldom thought of when it comes to the average person. Most people even mistake ground marshals, those who guide aircraft to their respective gate parking, as “air traffic controllers”, but the reality is almost every flight in the county connects to many air traffic controllers, including small general aviation aircraft. If you’ve ever been on a commercial flight chances are that your pilot has spoken to 3 or 4 controllers already, because there are specific controllers who specialize in ground movement, approach/departure control, and tower control. The importance of proper controllers leads to successful traffic flow around the nation, as thousands of aircraft are flown every day. In fact, the United States has the most congested airspace in the world handling almost 87 thousand flights a day. Obviously making all that traffic fly around the county is a very big responsibility that is further enforced by having to balance flow between commercial airliners, both very small and very large, general aviation, military, and corporate traffic.
In the United States, every procedure must be approved by the FAA itself, such as the designation of different classes of airspace in which special flight rules are enforced, to further enhance the safety of pilots and their passengers. Being an air traffic controller unto itself posses of 4 or more years, conducting FAA approved training courses and making sure that future controllers are well practiced, and are proficient in their knowledge of aeronautical science. So to say that the system that we currently use is unsafe is not exactly true.