Problems in Air Traffic Control and Proposed Solutions

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Problems in Air Traffic Control and Proposed Solutions In northern California this summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unintentionally performed it's first operational test of "free flight"; aviation without direct air traffic control. This was an unintentional experiment because it was a result of a total shut-down of the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). Although Oakland is only the 16th busiest ARTCC, it's responsible for the largest block of airspace of any ATC facility; 18 million square miles. Oakland directs all upper-level flight from San Luis Obispo, California to the California/Oregon boarder, including most Pacific oceanic routes. The failure happened at 7:13 a.m. local time during the…show more content…
These groups fight amongst themselves to promote their reconstruction plan, but meanwhile nothing's accomplished and the skies stay unsafe. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is the union that replaced the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO). NATCA, representing the controller work force, supports a plan to structure the air traffic control branch of the FAA. NATCA endorses the government corporation concept for air traffic control because, "it goes furthest towards correcting the FAA's personnel, procurement, and budgetary problems" (NATCA policy statement, 1995). The union goes on to say they'll back any legislative measure that addresses at a minimum, the following personnel, procurement, and budgetary concerns: · Provides for protection of retirement, benefits, and job security consistent with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. · Need for long-term leadership at the FAA. · Provide the FAA with the ability to hire personnel when needed and allow individuals to transfer to where they're needed most, regardless of artificial hiring/managing caps. · Provide the FAA with the ability to attract and retain high caliber individuals. · Allow the FAA and its recognized unions, the ability to seek a more streamlined and factual classification system. · Provides a flexible procurement system that mitigates the effects the appropriations
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