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      "While air traffic control will continue to operate during the shutdown, the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where controllers go for training, is closed. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the union that represents controllers, said its members are already facing a staffing shortage and the shutdown will only make the situation worse." 3 Jan 2019 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

      So the Air Traffic Control School in Oklahoma has been shuttered. It also means that along with TSA and many other people who work for the taxpayers - and not for the apparently non-taxpaying Donald Trump - the ATC personnel that keep American skies safe are currently performing their tasks with no guarantees of compensation for the same. Donald Trump wants to call his Christmas Shutdown a "strike". With any luck at all, he will find himself on the receiving end of one, as well as the coordinated outcry of millions of people, starting with the 61000 members mentioned in the letter from Captain Joe Depete reprinted below from the organization he leads.




      January 2, 2019
      President Donald J. Trump
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Washington, D.C. 20500
      Dear President Trump:
      On behalf of the 61,000 pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), I
      am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system.
      The nation’s airspace system is a complex transportation network that involves
      government and industry partnerships to function properly, and the disruptions being
      caused by the shutdown are threatening the safe operations of this network. The
      government agency partners in the Department of Transportation (DOT) and
      Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dual roles. They are both regulators and
      service providers. When any of their responsibilities are placed on pause due to a
      shutdown there are safety, security and efficiency gaps that immediately emerge.
      For example, at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) there are fewer safety
      inspectors than are needed in order to ensure the air traffic control infrastructure is
      performing at its peak levels of performance. There are also airline and aircraft
      manufacturing oversight activities that either stop or are significantly reduced. These
      safety and oversight inspections will potentially allow for the introduction of safety
      issues that put passengers and airline crews at risk. Although the 2018 holiday season is now behind us, the number of recreational drones, or unmanned aircraft systems
      (UAS), has likely grown significantly in the past several weeks. The shutdown is a
      significant stumbling block in the FAA’s efforts to ensure the safety of the airspace from those drone operators who may be operating in an unsafe manner.
      In addition to the safety oversight role, the FAA air traffic control organization is in the
      midst of implementing a new communications capability, called Data Communications
      (Data Comm). The Data Comm program has not yet reached its full implementation
      capability, and due to the shutdown there will be significant delays to the program. If
      the shutdown continues, air traffic controllers and pilots previously trained on the
      system will lose their proficiency due to a lack of use, and re-training will likely be
      required. The need to re-train will add costs and will no doubt delay the progress of
      this important airspace system upgrade.
      Finally, at both the FAA and at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the
      air traffic controllers, airspace system maintenance personnel, and the airline passenger
      security workforce are being asked to work unpaid. They are dutifully providing safety
      of life services while facing increasingly difficult financial pressures to provide for those
      dependent on their paycheck. The pressure these civil servants are facing at home
      should not be ignored. At some point, these dedicated federal employees will
      encounter personal financial damages that will take a long time from which to recover,
      if at all.
      Based on the impacts to the aviation industry including the ALPA membership, we
      urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government
      agencies that is affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace
      system.
      Sincerely,
      Captain Joe DePete
      President
      Air Line Pilots Association, International


      cc: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
      The Honorable Mitch McConnell
      The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
      The Honorable Kevin McCarthy


      We appreciate the letter, Captain.

      Geoffrey S Jade Barrett, Chairman SANE60

      Organizer of #TheResistanceGOP

      #TheResistance #Indivisible #Resist

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          Isn't it amazing that Trump is willing to bring us all down for a campaign gimmick his handlers taught him as a mnemonic device, to remember to trash and demonize undocumented immigrants?

          It's hurting him already, because he's now less popular than Pelosi, whose numbers have risen sharply.

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              kimtek and Denice Patrick I appreciate the badges on this piece/ With so much happening, I was afraid this would get lost in the chaos.

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