The Federal Aviation Administration Should Not Shut Down Small Airport Air Traffic Control Towers

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The Federal Aviation Administration Should Not Shut Down Small Airport Air Traffic Control Towers The Federal Aviation Administration was created August 23, 1958 to help increase air travel safety, as well as make a more efficient airspace (Mission). In the ten years after the Federal Aviation Administration started recording crashes, there were 183 crashes (Canavan). The crash percentage, the number of crashes divided by the number of flights, was .00125% (Accident and Incident Data). In the last ten years there were forty seven accidents and incidents (Canavan). The accident percent was roughly .000125% (Accident and Incident Data). The Federal Aviation Administration was the driving force of the effort to improve safety. One of the…show more content…
These companies run the Air Traffic Control Towers just like government employees would, but much more cheaply and efficiently (The Beginning of Air Traffic Control). Air Traffic Controllers that work for private companies make a median of $60,000-$65,000. This is much lower than a federally funded Air Traffic Control Tower. Employee salaries are the largest cost to the Air Traffic Control Tower budget. This allows contracted Air Traffic Control Towers to spend much less money to run and operate. The United States government could save a lot of money by simple contracting all of the Air Traffic Control Towers. Airport safety is one of the Federal Aviation Administration's biggest concerns. They are tasked with tracking over 10,400,000 commercial flights every year, not including military and non-commercial flights (Canavan). Collisions and crashes are the two major causes of injuries and death. Air travel accidents date all of the way back to 1908 (Old). Orville Wright, one of the original inventors of the airplane, was flying a demonstration for the military when a propeller suddenly was ripped off of the airplane. The passenger, Lieutenant Selfridge was killed when the plane hit the ground (Old). The Federal Aviation Administration has come a long way since the 1960’s to improve safety (Mission). They have implemented various systems such as the United States program, NextGen Program, and the Air Transportation

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