Air Traffic Control: The Private Sector Option

Publication Date: October 1982

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert W. Jr. Poole

Research Area: Transportation

Keywords: Regulation

Type: Report


Many of America's air traffic control problems would fade were the present ATC system replaced by a two-level system, consisting of a not-for-profit ATC System Corporation which contracted out the operation of individual control centers to profit-making ATC operating companies. This would provide (1) uniform nationwide operating procedures and ( 2 ) the benefits of competition in the provision of services. In short, the current government operated American air traffic control system should be converted t o a private sector system.