U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas updated civic and business leaders on Monday on federal issues he’s facing during a forum in Wichita.
One topic was the effort to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers, something Moran opposes.
The senator says privatizing the world’s most complex air system is nothing more than a solution without a problem that will ultimately create more problems.
He says smaller airports and travelers will be hurt by the privatization effort. He’s advocating for proposals that would protect general aviation and small airports.
More than 40,000 Kansans make a living manufacturing, operating and servicing aircraft.
Congress passed a bill in late September that extends the operating authority of the Federal Aviation Administration through March.
Moran serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; is member of the Aviation Operations, Safety and Security Subcommittee; and co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus.