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U.S. Senator Moran Stresses Opposition To Air Traffic Control Privatization

Nadya Faulx
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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 said privatizing the world's most complex air system is nothing more than a solution without a problem that will ultimately create more problems.

He said 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.


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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.