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ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS MODERNIZING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 5, 2017) — The Allied Pilots Association supports President Donald Trump’s plan for modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. The creation of a nonprofit organization, as so many other countries have successfully done, will launch our air traffic control system into the 21st century and, therefore, bolster the safety and efficiency of air travel. Just as importantly, all critical stakeholders have been and will be involved in ensuring this lofty goal is realized.
“As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, there is no excuse for our nation’s air traffic controllers to still be relying upon ground-based radar systems and ‘slips of paper,’ as President Trump put it during his remarks,” said Captain Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, who was in the East Room of the White House for today’s announcement. “I look forward to reviewing the details of the president’s plan and working with our friends in Congress to make modern air traffic control a reality.”
Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org. American Airlines is the world’s largest passenger airline.