GOP Rep. Mica: Repeal of union rules will survive in FAA bill

Mica also touched on other aviation issues in his roughly 20-minute speech to the AeroClub. He criticized recent calls to increase staffing in airport flight towers after an air traffic controller was found to be sleeping at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

Instead, Mica said, the FAA should hire controllers who can keep the hours they are scheduled to work.

"As I understand it, he was by himself for one hour and 28 minutes," Mica said. "If you can't stay awake until midnight, there is something wrong with you. It doesn't require us doubling up."

Mica also kept up his criticisms of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which he helped create through legislation in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks. Mica said the agency has sprawled to become "bigger than five government agencies" and is in need of reform.

"The bad news is I created TSA," he said. "The good news is, I'm chairman, and I'm going to get them."

Mica said he would continue to push to privatize more airport screeners.

"I envision TSA getting out of the personnel business," he said. "We've got to do a better job utilizing our resources."