Following more than a year of speculation, US Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) finally rolled out his plan to remove the operation and management of US air traffic control (ATC) from FAA. The early February introduction of proposed FAA reauthorization legislation by the chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee set off an intense debate in Washington DC about the merits of creating a “federally chartered, fully independent, not-for-profit ...

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