I would never argue that moving ATC to the private sector couldn’t work, but that’s not what’s being proposed. Instead, Shuster is calling for a massive new nonprofit organization to run ATC. That’s a recipe for mediocrity. Nonprofits have very little incentive to excel at the kind of project execution, from idea creation through delivery, that makes for great companies. Ask yourself, if you were launching a startup with the aim of modernizing the world’s largest air traffic control system, who would you want running it? A corporate board consisting of members with vastly different agendas, chosen by groups that don’t really like or trust each other? Not likely. You’d want a smart, tenacious, passionate entrepreneur — somebody in the mold of Elon Musk, Steve Jobs or those guys from Google — who understands the problem, knows how to fix it and never wavers for an instant from that goal until the job is done right.