Tuesday, October 3, 2017
THIS MAY BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE SKYDIVING FROM DIRE CONSEQUENCES
The proponents of the bad idea of stripping air traffic control from the FAA, and handing it to a new private corporation are planning to have the House vote on their bill--HR 2997--next week. All of the general aviation (GA) groups, including USPA, are opposed. If you have not called your Congressional Representative and secured their "no" vote on HR 2997, please do so now!
1. Dial toll-free: 833-GAVOICE (833-428-6423), weekdays from 9-5 Eastern.
2. You will be asked to input your zip code then transferred to your Representative's office.
3. Say: "I am opposed to ATC privatization, and my Representative should vote 'no' on HR 2997."
If you do not call, and HR 2997 passes Congress and is signed into law, here is what could happen:
The airlines and large airports will gain control of the new ATC board, outweighing GA and skydiving interests.
FAA's current "first come, first served" ATC policy will be eliminated, degrading service to skydive operators.
Decisions affecting airspace and ATC procedures will favor airline efficiency and penalize skydiving operational and airspace needs.
Drop Zones could lose airspace.
Skydive operators will incur higher costs due to increased flight times; jump ticket costs will increase.
For more information, go to www.atcnotforsale.com.
Please call! The future of skydiving, and all of GA, is at stake!