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Modernizing Our Air Traffic Control System: What's the Holdup?

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St. NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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As Congress debates reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, the issue of whether and how to reform our air traffic control system is at an impasse. The U.S. air traffic control system still runs on decades-old technology yet efforts to update it have limped forward. While travel delays and safety concerns are mounting, structural and funding issues as well as varied stakeholder interests are all impacting steps toward modernization.

USA TODAY transportation reporter Bart Jansen moderated a panel discussion on this critical issue. Panelists examined the status of our air traffic control system, the need for reform, and options for progress.

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Charles Barclay
Former President and CEO, American Associations for Airport Executives

Edward Bolen
President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association

Thomas Hendricks
President and CEO, National Air Transportation Association

Robert Poole
Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation

Paul Rinaldi
President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Dorothy Robyn
Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment
Former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

Moderated by:

Bart Jansen
Transportation Reporter, USA TODAY


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