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Briefing November 2013 Issue

Briefing: November 2013

Déjà vu For Federal Budget Squeeze

Over the summer, the issue of federal budget cuts and their aviation impact seemed to quiet down, as contract towers mostly stayed open, the furloughs of air traffic controllers were put on hold, and most air shows soldiered on despite the loss of military jet teams. But with fall -- and the dawn of a new federal fiscal year on October 1 -- the same issues are expected to rise again, and perhaps with fewer options. The crunch is reviving interest in privatizing ATC, as has been done in other countries and to flight service facilities in the U.S. “I don’t have the answers, but I do know the current system is broken,” said Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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