June 28, 2017
Potential Impact and Details of Privatizing the
Air Traffic Control System in the United States
Speaker: NEIL D. BYERS, FAA Managers Association
Director of Legislative Affairs
In 2016, the US Congress developed and later sidelined H.R.4441 or the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and
Reauthorization Act (AIRR) that required the Department of Transportation to spin off the Federal Aviation
Administration’s (FAA) administered air traffic control system into a separate, private, and non-profit entity.
AIRR would have impacted the bulk of the personal at the W.J. Hughes Technical Center including those that
are in the Air Traffic Organization and NextGen lines of business. Now in 2017, a major effort is afoot to
re-introduce the bill with renewed support from a consortium of congressional sponsors, airlines excluding Delta
Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and the current administration. If
implemented under this renewed effort, the potential effect not only to the National Airspace System but to our
local Technical Center’s personnel will likely have significant long term consequences.
The FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) is a national not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote
aviation safety and efficiency while advocating for FAA managers’ interests. At the request of SNJPS leadership
and to help stimulate awareness of our members and guests, the FAAMA shall present details on the renewed
effort to privatize the FAA and its potential impact to our local community in southern New Jersey.
Location: Greate Bay Country Club
901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, NJ 08224
7:45 PM Speaker, approx.
MENU: Buffet style dinner
due by noon Tuesday, June 27
in touch at the SNJ virtual
(IEEE web account needed for access)