Todd Epp KTWB
Longtime S.D. Pilot says ATC Privatization a Bad Deal
September 22, 2017
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  • If you’re flying straight and level, don’t yank on the yoke seems to be the message from a South Dakota pilot opposed to privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system.

    Jim Pietz is a former fixed base operator from Pierre and a 14,000 hour plus acrobatics pilot. He’s been flying for over 40 years.

    “We have the largest, safest, most complicated airspace in the world,” Pietz said. “We handle it better than any nation. Our U.S. air transport and ATC, air traffic control, is the envy of the rest of the world.”

    He says it would be a radical change in managing the thousands of aircraft that fly across South Dakota and the nation on a daily basis. Further, he says privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system would be monopolistic and a giveaway of taxpayer bought assets.

    “(President) Trump says $46 billion, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) says $100 billion of taxpayer assets are going to given to this entity free of charge,” Pietz said.

    Pietz made his comments on The Greg Belfrage Show.