Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control
WASHINGTON - Legislation introduced in the House would transfer responsibility for air traffic control operations from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation.
That idea is part of an overhaul in how Washington oversees the aviation system.
That new federally chartered air traffic control corporation would come under a board representing system users.
The bill also tries to speed up the Federal Aviation Administration's safety approval process for new aircraft designs and equipment.
The measure comes from Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania - the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman - and GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, who heads the aviation subcommittee.