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Building a Safer and More Effective Air Traffic Control System

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Publication Date: February 1991

Publisher(s): Reason Foundation

Author(s): Robert W. Jr. Poole

Topic: Transportation (Air transport)

Type: Report


The U.S. air traffic control (ATC) is failing to keep pace with the needs of commercial aviation. Air traffic has increased by 68% since deregulation, yet the workforce is one-third smaller and equipment is unreliable and outdated. Spinning off ATC to a user-funded corporation would solve these structural problems. Direct user fees would make funds available quickly and efficiently to upgrade the system to state-of-the-art technology. The result would be a safer, more efficient ATC system able to keep pace with a growing, competitive aviation industry.