Air Traffic Control Past Present Future

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The heartbeat of business and corporations is to improve within their industry and rise to the proverbial cream of the crop. The same agenda applies to governments and the services provided by their arms. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Air Traffic Control system, and Commercial Aviation all fall in within a corporate government that has the responsibility to provide a constant acceleration of services provided; In short, more efficient service for those citizens that utilize this form of transportation inside and outside this country’s borders. Privatization of the Air Traffic Control system is a current argument for excellent and expedient services for air travel. However, government service capably providing qualitative service after undergoing privatization is indeed rare and a questionable course of action. Several countries have allowed their Air Traffic Control capabilities to fall under private entities, and experience poorer quality of national air transportation as a result. Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada are three countries that have transferred ATC control to private organizations; and passengers/tax payers suffer in the aftermath. (Pitfalls pdf citation) “In the United Kingdom, the newly privatized National Air Traffic System (NATS) has been forced to go to the government for financial bailouts valued to date at two thirds of the original sale price, while technological failures have led to multiple system shutdowns and operational irregularities.” (Pitfalls pdf citation) Fees generated by the air industry for normal operations generally accelerate under a privatized model. “In Canada, the privatized system has led to massive increases in user fees for passengers.” (Pitfalls pdf citation) Australia’s privatized ATC system pales in comparison to the other two countries featured. “In Australia, excessive demands on controllers have led to a series of strikes, while failures with new technologies led to actual radar blackouts and...
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