Natca Outlines Damage to U.S. Aviation System

AINsafety » October 21, 2013
October 21, 2013, 12:50 PM

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) wasted no time after the U.S. government’s reopening to highlight the damage it says has been done to the country’s aviation system, reminding users that getting things rolling again may not be as simple as flipping a switch.

“NextGen suffered a setback that will take months to recover from,” a Natca spokesman said in an October 17 statement. “A key deadline on the aviation calendar was missed, preventing the [country’s new air traffic management] system from enjoying efficiency gains from updated maps and procedures. Numerous projects, like fixing key navigational aids and construction of facilities like the new control tower in Las Vegas, were brought to a halt.”

Natca likened powering up portions of the aviation system to “getting a freight train up to speed.” The group said developing a stable funding system for the ATC system is “an essential next step for lawmakers. Sequestration, the shutdown and the uncertainty they have wrought have disrupted flight schedules, peeled away layers of safety redundancies and threatened our ability to maintain fully staffed and trained workforces,” the association commented.

FILED UNDER: 
Share this...

Please Register

In order to leave comments you will now need to be a registered user. This change in policy is to protect our site from an increased number of spam comments. Additionally, in the near future you will be able to better manage your AIN subscriptions via this registration system. If you already have an account, click here to log in. Otherwise, click here to register.

 
X