The newest video in the ATC Not for Sale effort features four former NASA astronauts speaking out against ATC privatization. Produced and distributed by the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), the video features Lt. General Tomas Stafford, Jim Lovell, Robert “Hoot” Gibson and Ken Cockrell.
"These astronauts were motivated to speak out on this important issue because they understand just how important a smoothly operating air traffic control system is to our country," said ICAS President John Cudahy. "They know that engagement by citizens and voters is the best way to stop this self-serving power grab by the airlines."
In July, an ATC Not for Sale video featured Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III speaking out against the privatization initiative. The privatization initaitive was introduced in the White House’s Budget Blueprint in March and formally announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in June.
President Trump nominated Republican representative of Oklahoma's 1st District James Bridenstine to head NASA Friday. The former U.S. Navy pilot and current member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee would become the 13th administrator if appointed.