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With Allied Pilots Association Endorsement, Nearly 27,000 Pilots Support Air Traffic Control Reform

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) recently joined the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) and NetJets to endorse the air traffic control reforms in the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, making it nearly 27,000 pilotsto do so. These critical reforms will modernize critical equipment, enhance safety and efficiency for the traveling public, and bring the Federal Aviation Administration into the 21st Century. The Allied Pilots Association represents approximately 15,000 pilots of American Airlines and is the largest independent pilots union in the United States.

In a statement announcing support for the reforms, APA’s President Captain Keith Wilson stated:

“For decades, we have watched valuable taxpayer-supported resources used in well-intended efforts to modernize the FAA and the Air Traffic Control System, only to have those efforts thwarted or become obsolete at implementation due to the vagaries and inefficiencies of the federal funding mechanism. Separating the regulated from the regulators, while simultaneously providing a predictable and reliable funding stream, will allow the U.S. National Airspace System to retain its enviable safety and efficiency record, and equip and train its Air Traffic Controllers to handle the challenges of the coming century, retaining the United States’ role in global aviation as the gold standard.” 

Reforming air traffic control is necessary to enhance safety and make air travel more dependable and efficient for consumers. The Senate is expected to consider FAA reauthorization in the coming weeks, and it has a historic opportunity to make a positive difference for the 2 million people who fly everyday. The current FAA authorization expires March 31, making it timely and important for Congress to act on these important reforms.

You can read APA’s endorsement of the AIRR Act here.