I think blue would work well for sarcasm.
"Who does the government have to answer to??? " --In the last couple of years we (FAA) have had to answer to the Congress, and the user groups. For years FAA didn't have to account for equipment or money. That has changed, and for the better. Right down to paper for the copy machine, we has to justify any money spent.
"A private ATC would have to answer to the government, the standards would be just as high and most likely a much more efficient operation." - This has not been the case in the privatized towers. It's up to them to "rat" themselves out for errors. FAA facilities have a Quality Asuurance office, the contracted ones do not, they have a single controller work 8 hours or more with no break,that is how they are more efficient . Efficient, or cutting corners? They run for profit, FAA runs for safety. A service run for safety should not waste money, nor should money be a driving factor in a safety related service.
"Decisions would be made quicker, equipment and facilities would be upgraded sooner. The government is the most inefficient at doing everything. ---A lot of truth in this, and I too felt this way a few years ago. Changes have been made, and continue to be made through the new ATO. This an area where our friends in Canada suprised me. They said decisions were not made any quicker, it just added more layers of BS
, and made spending money on needed things amore difficult process.
"State of the art is 20 years old for ATC."---This is not the case anymore. More "off the shelf" technology is being used now than ever. The En Route systems (20 Centers) have been completely replaced (not including remote radar sites)over the last 10 years, and are already being upgraded. It has become a contiunuous upgrade process. The terminal systems are going through a similar process now with STARS and ASR 11 digital radar.
"Last time I checked the FAA website they where hiring controllers"---Could be false advertising. The money was legislated. We did see some new bodies in my facility this year, been told more next year.
Thank you for your replies and interest.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.