A number of federal lawmakers have continued pushing efforts to privatize air traffic control in the country, introducing a number of bills over the past three years.
Legislation hasn’t gone to a vote so far, lacking the support to pass, but aviation groups in the state say it seems support has been growing. President Donald Trump has been vocally supportive, which has recently given advocates of privatization more strength.
And every new year that the issue is brought up it seems more elected leaders get on board. This has spurred the aviation community to get its own message out.
The North Dakota Aviation Council, the umbrella organization for aviation in the state, along with its member organizations, the Airports Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Agricultural Aviation Association, North Dakota Association of Aviation Museums, North Dakota Business Aviation Association, North Dakota Experimental Aviation Association, North Dakota Pilots Association and The North Dakota Professional Aviation Mechanics, have joined with more than 150 other aviation associations around the country to oppose H.R. 2997, the most recent legislation on the issue. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission Board has not taken a position on the bill but continues to monitor it.