Despite the doom and gloom, Rinaldi believes there could still be an opportunity for the aviation industry. He said NATCA doesn’t support any single plan to ensure a stable source of funding for the air traffic control system, despite the union’s support last year for a Republican generated strategy to sever the ATC system from the rest of the FAA. Politico reported signs last week too that many stakeholder’s desire to never again experience anything like the 35-day shutdown may reopen the debate on ATC reform. Rinaldi said NATCA believes operational safely and efficiency top the list of the union’s demands for reform, followed by the need for a stable, predictable funding stream for ATC services, staffing, hiring, training and long-term infrastructure modernization. Finally, there’s the need to maintain a dynamic aviation system that provides services to all users and segments of the aviation community.