Air Traffic Control Reform, an issue whose time has come

In public policy, if you stick around long enough issues that you thought were “dead and buried” invariably come back. One such issue is air traffic control which President Donald Trump intends to reform by, among other things, separating government’s regulatory/safety function from operations.

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing wrote about the issue extensively in his role with the National Taxpayers Union, a government reform organization based in the DC area.

Gessing’s involvement in the issue goes back nearly two decades with a policy brief  and items published in the Wall Street Journal. With Canada and the UK already having enacted reforms to free air traffic control from the bounds of government, it is indeed time to reform America’s air traffic control system.