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NATCA Statement Regarding Rep. Mica's Announced Hearing - (10/22/2003)

WASHINGTON – It has been reported that Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., will hold a hearing on Nov. 6 entitled, “Should FAA controllers be consolidated with military air traffic control?" National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr today released the following statement regarding the hearing, which again validates the inherently governmental nature of air traffic control:

“We are pleased that Chairman Mica has recognized how important this issue is to aviation safety and we support his premise that air traffic control is an inherently governmental function. You will recall it was the House Aviation Subcommittee, under the leadership of Chairman Mica, that inserted the language prohibiting air traffic control privatization into the FAA reauthorization bill and we again thank the chairman for that work, which the House passed by a vote of 418-8 in June.”

“We are looking forward to participating in Chairman Mica’s Nov. 6 hearing. We welcome the opportunity to explain why the current air traffic control system is the very best in the world and why language prohibiting air traffic control privatization must be reinstated into the pending FAA reauthorization bill.”

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