The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is working to educate Congress, industry and the flying public on the devastating effects that sequestration would have on the national airspace system and the national economy. NATCA, represents the Air Traffic Controllers who help ensure the safety of over 70,000 flights a day and 130 Million operations a year.
In the end of last year NATCA released a report talking about the potentially significate impacts to the National Airspace System. This report was based on cuts, had they been implemented at the beginning of January. Sequestration was then pushed back for two months, changing the FY2013 estimates somewhat. Should sequestration take place at the beginning of March, the Federal Aviation Administration will be forced to reduce their operating budget by 5% or approximately $480 Million dollars.
These cuts would mean furloughs, layoffs and a significant loss in air traffic capacity. These are hard working men and women who who devote their lives to ensuring the safety of the flying public. (Embeded below is the video from NATCA titled : NATCA the Voice of Aviation Safety.)
The cuts are detrimental to the FAA and the entire workforce, hoever the impact on the national economy could be far worse. NATCA reports that airports like Manchester / Boston Regional Airport could be forced to close do to furloughs.
How important is it the aviation industry to the national economy?
“Commercial aviation contributes $1.3 trillion in economic activity and comprises 5.2 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually, while providing $75 billion against the U.S. trade deficit” –From NATCA Report
Everyone agrees that reducing our GDP would hurt our overall economy, and yet these cuts would do exactly that. This is why it is so important that we all work together in a truly bi-partisan way to stop these cuts from happening. We must put an end to the perpetual ‘kicking the can down the road’ and create a long term budget.
NATCA is urging everyone to take action now! Contact your Congressional Representatives and tell them to stop the sequestration cuts before they happen.
These are real people with real families who could be pushed over the edge with a long unpaid furlough. New research from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) says that over 40% of America is ‘liquid asset poor’. This is a very fancy way of stating that over 40% of Americans have less than $6,000 in savings and are one or two paychecks away from financial ruin. What would this mean to the thousands of workers in the FAA alone?
These sequestration cuts would have a much deeper impact than just the 17,000 air traffic controllers. Aviation alone drives nearly 10 Million jobs. Any cuts to the National Airspace System would have rippling effects throughout the aviation industry. The FAA contractors could be forced to layoff thousands of workers due to a lack of funding. During the last partial shut down of the FAA, many of the engineers and architects were placed in furlough status. There was 5,000 FAA employees effected by the furlough and that translated into over 75,000 non-government jobs being also placed into a “furlough” status as well.
Take the time to tell your Congressional Representatives and Senators that making these cuts to aviation are wrong! Our national economy is dependent on the aviation industry. Send your message here.
350 economists believe that making these cuts to the Federal Government would send our country back into recession. Austerity is not the solution and sequestration is not the answer. Stop the cuts before they happen.