Skip to comments.Potential FAA cuts would create big hassles for fliers
Posted on 08/17/2012 5:51:27 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Look out, air travelers. A congressional slugfest over the U.S. deficit is threatening to trigger higher airfares and widespread slowdowns at the nations airports.
Remember that big fight in Congress last year over the national budget deficit? Eventually Congress and the White House agreed to scheduled budget cuts that are so deep that lawmakers would be forced to come together on tough choices. Washington wonks call these cuts sequestration.
The Federal Aviation Administration is in the crosshairs for sequestrationwith a possible $1 billion in mandatory cuts scheduled to occur as soon as January. A new study says the cuts would result in fewer air traffic controllers, customs officers and security officers.
Its anybodys guessand up to Congresswhether the cuts will actually happen. The airlines arent saying much right now and neither are the FAA or air traffic controllers, but groups representing pilots and the aerospace industry say it's time to get nervous.
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>> Barfy alert. Aint liberal scare tactics so scary-like?
Yeah, but on the other hand, I am so mad I could spit at Boehner and McConnell for engineering this stupidity.
Rather than dealing with the spending problem THEN (being too chicken to stand their ground) they kicked the can down the road into this retarded nonsense — and had the nerve to claim that it was smart politics. It didn’t help the economic situation and it was STUPID politics.
Here is the best answer to the increasing spending by the government with all of these alphabet soup agencies demanding more and more funding:
Annual Privatization Report 2011
Privatization of Airports, Air Traffic Control and Airport Security
Aviation Chapter of Annual Privatization Report 2011
May 1, 2012
This section of Reason Foundation’s Annual Privatization Report 2011 provides a comprehensive overview of the latest news on domestic and international airport privatization and the privatization of airport security. Topics include:
In the aftermath of the credit markets crunch of 20082009, the airport market continued its recovery in 2011, with efforts including Puerto Rico’s current plan to privatize San Juans Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Chicago’s continued interest in a potential Midway Airport lease.
A total of 48% of European air passengers were handled by partly or fully privatized airports in 2011, with that share likely to grow with impending privatization initiatives in Spain and Greece.
Amid public outrage over TSAs introduction of body scanners and aggressive pat-downs, the administration and Congress continued to battle over proposals to allow airports to opt-out of TSA security and hire private screeners. However, some progress was made in Washington D.C. over reviving the trusted traveler program, advancing a more risk-based approach to security.
Since 1990, 51 governments have commercialized their air traffic control systems, separating the air traffic control functions from regulatory bodies, removing them from civil service, and making them self-supporting from fees charged to aircraft operators. However, there was no significant progress in 2011 toward commercializing air traffic control in the United States.
Other more news on domestic and international airport privatization and air traffic control commercialization.
Heck, it was McConnell’s idea, and the whole point of it was to shut down the TEA Party freshmen in the House, who were gumming up the GOP-E’s “reach-across-the-aisle” debt deal with the Rats.
Could NextGen Be Hacked?
By Pia Bergqvist / Published: Aug 15, 2012
An NPR story this week brought some disturbing information to light about the potential for hacking the new, high-tech NextGen air traffic management system the FAA is developing. A Canadian hacker, Brad RenderMan Haines, claims he has found a way to transmit ADS-B signals from a simple home-based simulator that can be introduced as ghost planes that ATC would not be able to distinguish from real airplanes.
Haines created a presentation, which he recently delivered at the Defcon hackers conference in Las Vegas, that highlights what he says are flaws in the NextGen system that could potentially be used by malicious hackers to compromise safety. Haines says that the data block of an ADS-B signal looks a lot like any other network package. He said he believes a hacker could not only introduce ghost planes, but also introduce slight variations in real flights.