Funding For Total Reform : Funding Shortfalls, And Bandaged Nextgen Implementation Plans

824 Words Jun 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Challenges If we continue along the present path: funding shortfalls, and bandaged NextGen Implementation plans, NextGen will probably eventually get fielded. Current estimates show program completion in 2025 or beyond, but the system might be partially obsolete by that time (FAA, 2015a and Breselor, 2015). Funding shortfalls are not the only threat to NextGen. Current talk in Congress and in the industry are calling for total reform of the FAA. At a congressional hearing in March 2015, industry leaders called for privatization of many of the FAA 's current duties (Parker, 2015). A private, possibly non-profit entity could provide more value for dollars spent and not be necessarily hampered by the piecemeal funding under which the FAA currently operates. Privatization ideas include managing Air Traffic Control duties, employees, and facilities into an independent corporation (Halsey, 2015a). Paul Rinaldi, President of the Air Traffic controllers ' union and Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, are among those who support privatization. (Subcommittee on Aviation, 2015). A privatized entity would presumably have fewer bureaucratic burdens, would not be subject to civil service restraints (Naylor, 2015). The problem is that a Congressionally-directed privatized entity might delay, disrupt or discontinue efforts on NextGen. In May 2015, a panel of academic specialists told Congress that "the FAA was not delivering the system [NextGen] that had been promised"…

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