Former astronauts Capt. James Lovell (U.S. Navy, Retired), Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson (U.S. Navy, Retired), Capt. Kenneth Cockrell (U.S. Navy, Retired), and Lt. General Thomas Stafford (U.S. Air Force, Retired) recently wrote an op-ed explaining why privatizing air traffic control would be harmful to the nation’s airspace. These men have seen first-hand what the largest, most complex, safest, and most efficient air traffic control system in the U.S. looks like – and they urge Members of Congress not to separate air traffic control from the FAA. They highlight that privatization would prove detrimental to our nation’s safety and, any bill trying to remove authority of air traffic control from the FAA should not be taken lightly.